SSH-Conduit Suite

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    A NEW APP
    SSH-Conduit is available from the repo for antiX-17.

    It is a way of securely accessing, and/or securely providing, a range of resources on unattended remote systems.

    Installation can be done in a few clicks via the Package Installer.
    Main Menu➞Control Center➞System Tab➞Package Installer➞Remote Access➞SSH-Conduit

    A video is in the works from dolphin_oracle, so keep an eye open for it.
    A guide is available in both the locally installed FAQ and in the online FAQ.
    http://download.tuxfamily.org/antix/docs-antiX-17/FAQ/ssh-conduit.html

    IN BRIEF
    SSH-Conduit is a suite of applications that establish secure connections to other systems across either the internet or local network. The connection is automatically encrypted to provide privacy during the session.

    Two roles can be performed at the same time by each system:

    • Serve local resources to remote systems,
    • Access remote resources from the local system.

    In other words, a system may act either as a client, or as a server, and can do both concurrently.

    Four ways are provided to work securely within the tunnel between the local and remote systems:

    • CLI: A standard command line terminal,
    • FS : Add (mount) a remote folder into the local system or remove (unmount) it,
    • VNC: Operate the desktop of a remote system,
    • VPN: Join or leave a remote network.

    Each of the ways may be used alone, or together in any combination.

    Accessing remote resources on the local system can be done in two ways:

    • Make an ad hoc connection by manually inputting the information for each session,
    • Create and save a profile that may be selected manually or automatically for a session.

    Providing local resources to remote systems can make use of an admin/info centre. Via a simple point-and-click menu it presents ways to report on, and manage, the resources being served.

    The primary goal of the suite is to access resources on unattended remote systems. Instead of leaving the server system in a state where a user is permanently logged in, it may be left at its log in screen. A standard log in may be performed by a user physically present at the server location, or a user connecting over a network. This avoids the increased security risk of leaving the server system logged in but unattended.

    USABILITY
    The suite is designed with simplicity of operation in mind. Users are not presumed to have an in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of setting up a system-to-system connection. Someone with limited technical skills is able establish secure, encrypted tunnels with just a few clicks.

    The suite performs well on both ancient and modern systems. Each suite component is extremely lightweight in the demands it places on the system CPU and RAM. This minimalistic approach means the suite is able to run on a very wide range of kit.

    The suite is self contained. Except for an ISP, connections across the internet do not depend upon the availability of third party services. Creation of external facilities or registration with their providers are not required. Additional financial commitment is not needed.

    Acknowledgement
    dolphin_oracle

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