If you can make a connection to CSIL which supports X Windows, you will be able to use graphical applications--applications that appear in their own windows.
As when using a texy-only connection, you cannot connect directly from off-campus computers to any of the CSIL machines. You have to first connect to
fraser.sfu.ca and from there to your destination. That means an extra step when logging in, but everything should work once you're there.
In theory, it's possible to make an insecure connection with a telnet program and use graphical applications that way. In practice, it's much easier to use a SSH connection since it handles the X Windows connection for you. That's the only method that's described here.
Once you connect from your computer to
fraser, you then need to connect from there to a CSIL machine. You can do this is by using the implementation of SSH on
fraser. Type the command:
The X Windows stuff is handled automatically by
More information is available on specific programs for these platforms: