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TheLinuxGurus.org: Setting up and Using VNC (Virtual Network Computing)

Jun 03, 2000, 15:55 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to David Culp for this link. ]

"I recently received an email from a reader asking for help in displaying applications remotely. The user had a Linux box set up as a file/print server for a couple of Windows and Linux workstations. If the network was composed of only Linux machines or only Unix machines then the problem is pretty easy to solve, however, when you throw in a few Windows machines or even a Mac or two it becomes a bit more difficult. However, the problem can be solved with a client/server application known as VNC (Virtual Network Computing)."

"There are other solutions to this problem. On a machine that is running X you can simply telnet to the other X machine, set the display variable and display your applications on the local machine. However, Windows does not exactly ship with an X environment. However, you can get an X server for Windows. VNC has the advantage of being fairly cross platform, there are VNC servers for Windows, Linux and other flavors of Unix, and Macintosh. There are even ports to the PalmPilot, Amiga, AIX, SCO, IRIX, VMS, BeOS, ACORN RISC and others. You can be working on a Mac desktop and display an X windows session from a Linux machine on the network or a Windows PC. You can even display the remote systems desktop in a browser window. VNC is released under the GPL and it is extremely easy to set up."

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