Set up a VNC server

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vnc allows you to control a computer's display over the network. It consists of a client and a server. The client is the viewer, the server provides the display.

To read on find out your distribution.

Contents

Ubuntu

Server

To set up a VNC server with Ubuntu open a console and issue

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tightvncserver

To start it issue the command

vncserver

To stop it issue the command

sudo killall Xtightvnc

Client

Command

vncviewer myserver:1

Hints

  • as desktop environment consider XFCE. It is lightweight yet provides a clearly guided user experience. Your .vnc/xstartup could look like this:
#!/bin/sh
xfce4-session

To get this working you must install xfce4. You can also install gnome and set .vnc/xstartup to be

#!/bin/sh
gnome-session

TroubleShooting

fonts do not work

Fonts e.g. in nautilus do not work. For CentOs 6:

yum install bitmap-miscfixed-fonts

only black window shown

For SUSE:

/etc/init.d/xdm restart

See also