I am currently using Exceed to handle individual X windows being displayed back to my Windows machine and this works flawlessly. I'm using Windows as my Window manager, but I have also experimented with various "X Windows Managers" (i.e., fluxbox, twm, mwm, gnome-wm) to no avail.

The issue I'm having is the graphics being displayed back on individual applications is poor compared to what I am seeing when forwarding a full gnome-Desktop/gnome-session over the same Exceed connection. In fact, if I run an instance of gnome-session over X11 I am able to launch applications with their standard a high quality "look" as directly connected to the machine. However, if I just use a window manager and display back single applications (not a full desktop/session) the quality reverts to a poorer more basic design.

Is there anyway to launch gnome-session against a single application vice having to create a whole desktop instance? Or a way to use its graphics engine to render the application as it would be in a normal session/desktop environment? I thought the gnome-wm would do the trick, but no luck.

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You will need to get it to load a GTK theme (the default gnome one is adawita)

You can try GTK_THEME=Adwaita then the command.

Have you also looked at using x2go? It often gives better performance.

  • Unfortunately that didn't work for me. I even tried with a simple app, gedit, but could not get any appearance change to the window/application using GTK_THEME
    – secJ
    May 10, 2016 at 20:53
  • Also forgot to mention I can't do x2go, as the Windows client is unavailable for use; Exceed has been deemed our corporate solution. Should also mention running CentOS 6 with Gnome 2.
    – secJ
    May 10, 2016 at 21:45

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