Do you want to use Linux and your CS directories from your Windows box at home, with a graphical user interface?
This page describes how to install and use the NX Client to do that. Professor Wolber has also added a more detailed instructions here.
1. Download the 'client.id_dsa.key' file from /home/public/nx. Put this somewhere on your home computer. You can use WinSCP to download the file.
2. Download the NX software from http://www.nomachine.com/download.php (NX Client for Windows)
3. Install NX software.
4. run Start → All Programs → NX Client for Windows → NX Connection Wizard
5. Go through the wizard:
-Name = 'CS-NX' (You can name this whatever you want, it will be the name of your desktop icon)
-Host = 'nx.cs.usfca.edu' Port = '22'
-Set the 'type of internet connection' to 'ADSL'
-Set the first field to 'Unix' and choose either 'KDE' or 'GNOME' for your desktop environment (whichever you prefer)
-Leave the size of the remote desktop at it's default setting (unless you know what you're doing)
-Leave 'Disable encryption of all traffic' unchecked
-Check the 'Show the advanced configuration dialog'
-In the windows that pops up, under the General tab, click the 'Key...' button
-Select 'Import' and find the 'client.id_dsa.key' file you downloaded earlier, Click OK, then Save when done.
-Select Save, then OK again
-Double click your desktop icon to connect to the nx server, use your CS username and password to log in.
***Important: To log off, please use 'System->Log Out' from within the NX session***