UNIX Graphical interface
It is possible to run GNU/Linux software that has a graphical interface, e.g. eog, gedit etc (as described in Available Software) on your Windows desktop using Xming.
For instructions on how to do this, please read this guide.
Alternatively, you can download CYGWIN , which is a unix emulator on your desktop that can install all of the X11 libs. This will then allow you to perform X11 forwarding on your Windows machine. This is a little more involved but could be more powerful than using Xming.
In GNU/Linux (and MacOS)
You can do this by simply using the -X parameter in ssh
[user@localmachine]# ssh -X firstname.lastname@example.org
This will give you access to any software on bert that has a GUI. e.g. eog, gedit etc (as described in Available Software)