I play a lot with my Raspberry Pi PC. Usually I connect using Mac’s Terminal application via ssh to the Pi.
Sometimes though, I need to use the Pi’s full graphical desktop. For example I’m much more comfortable partitioning disks using gparted vs. any other command line tool.
So for those occasions I use an X11 window to connect from the Mac to the Pi, I use ssh to connect, and then run lxsession as the desktop on the Pi.
First, install X11 from XQuartz (http://www.xquartz.org).
Download the installer package disk image from the homepage. Open the disk image and run the installer package. The installation will take a few minutes and towards the end it will say there’s 1 minute left for quite a while 🙂
Once the installation is complete you must log out and log back in. If you don’t, the remote desktop won’t open. XQuartz is installed to Applications -> Utilities
Second, launch XQuartz then open XQuartz’s Terminal application (XQuartz menu -> Applications -> Terminal).
Third, connect to the Pi using ssh inside the XQuart’z Terminal. Then Enter ssh -X user@pi (replace user with your username on Pi, and pi with … Read the rest