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I am using Mathematica at work remotely from a computer in my building and I can edit notebooks by opening them from terminal via ssh without problem (a little slow if there is a figure with many points, but that's all).

Now I need to work from home, but editing a notebook that I open from terminal is just impossible because it is too slow and freezes each time I click on it. I am still using ssh on Ubuntu 12.04.

Any idea how I can make it faster?

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This doesn't sound like a Mathematica problem. This sounds more like a internet/network latency problem. Have you tested the connection by trying to use any other application (maybe a word processor). I suspect that you'll have the same trouble. –  Jagra Jun 18 '13 at 11:54
Why do you use notebooks at all? I usually use the terminal "frontend" when logged on to a remote computer by ssh. So just log in by ssh and type math instead of mathematica. This works and is fast over nearly every kind of connection. –  Rolf Mertig Jun 18 '13 at 21:43

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