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5 Easy Steps to a Remote Linux Desktop
Remote Graphical Linux Desktop
March 12, 2010
Virtual Network Computing (VNC) allows you to log into a full desktop on a remote server (as opposed to just opening windows on your local machine, as with X11 over SSH). It can be very useful, and it's very fast to set up.
Step 1I chose to use vnc4 (there are other options, such as TightVNC), so the first step was the vnc4server Debian/Ubuntu package on my remote server. Once vnc4 is installed, run it for the first time to finish setup, and set a VNC password:
vncserver :1This starts a daemon off, rather than vnc4 running in the foreground. You'll get your shell prompt back once it's running.
Step 2To kill the server again, use...
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