A convenient SSH GUI

Safe Passage

Article from Issue 240/2020
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Muon/Snowflake lets you manage SSH access via an easy-to-use GUI with a wealth of useful functions.

Many power users believe they can manage connections more effectively from the command prompt, but a graphical interface offers several benefits. Snowflake is a graphically-based SSH terminal that comes with built-in SFTP support. This article describes how to set up secure connections and transfer files with Snowflake.

But first a note: Now that Snowflake has started to gain some traction around the world, the developers have decided to change the name (a time-honored open source prerogative). The tool is now called Muon, but many references to it online, including the official project documentation and even the GitHub page, still refer to it as Snowflake, so I'll call it Snowflake for this article. The documentation will probably update over time, so if you have trouble tracking down Snowflake by the time you read this article, look for Muon and know it is the same tool.

Basics

Snowflake runs on Linux, the BSD derivatives, HP-UX, and Windows; a version for macOS is under development. You only need to install the software on the client. Snowflake requires at least Java 11, regardless of whether you prefer Oracle's proprietary version or the free variant.

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