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I finally got into SSH X forwarding as an alternative to remote desktopping, and wow it is so magic.

Just open windows from other computers, and even open other programs from the remote machine (e.g. opening an image viewer from a file explorer). Now I feel somewhat embarassed to only get into it now since it's one of those features that's always been there.

This answer helped me get going:
unix.stackexchange.com/a/12772

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