VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing.
It is, in essence, a remote display system which allows you to
view a computing `desktop’ environment not only on the machine
where it is running, but from anywhere on the Internet and from
a wide variety of machine architectures.
Install vncserver (as root):
This package provides a vncserver to which X clients can connect and the
server generates a display that can be viewed with a vncviewer.
It contains an X server connector so clients can connect to your local X
This server does not need a display. You need a vncviewer to see
something. This viewer may also be on a computer running other
#apt-get install vnc4server
Choose your desired window size and color depth, then, as an ordinary user, open a terminal and type:
Vnc4server -geometry 1024x768 -depth 24
This will prompt you to create a password:
You will require apassword to access your desktops.
This will save a scrambled password in the file
Once that’s been done you can create a new server by invoking:
This will start a new server and show you the
“desktop” it is running upon. This is something that you’ll need
to know when connecting to the server.
The server will start and tell you where to
desktop is debian:1
Starting applications specified in
Log file is /home/test/.vnc/debian:1.log
Open the VNC viewer on your remote machine, enter the hostname:screen and password (use a hostname or IP that your client machine understands), and your Linux desktop will open in a window! Network speed and processor power will affect performance, but it’s amazing how many apps will run fine under VNC. You might not be able to play Frozen Bubble, but you can use productivity applications without any trouble.
To kill the server enter a command similar to this, using the appropriate settings:
vnc4server -kill :1
If you wish to change the way the server runs you’ve got a couple of choices.
You can modify the global configuration by editing the file
copying this file to your home directory and naming it
will affect just servers you start.
Another common option is to adjust the window manager that remote users will recieve
once you’ve started one of the servers you’ll need a client. One popular client is
nstalling VNC Client is simple:
#apt-get install xvnc4viewer
Once it’s installed you can connect to a running server by using:
If invoked with no arguments you’ll be prompted for the host you wish to connect to, and if necessary a password.
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