Are you sure vncserver didn't work? There are many ways to do it. Let's say you want to use your friend's desktop from your comp. Have your friend start vncserver, and it'll get listed as a process listening on a certain port. the command has vncserver set on a default port, but i think you can manually specify it. i believe default is 5080, or 5081. again, read man vncserver for it. then from yoru computer, you can a) use vncclient (man vncclient to determine command syntax) or b) use a java-enabled browser and type x.x.x.x:_port in the location bar, where x.x.x.x is your friend's IP, and _port is the port that vncserver is listening on (sorry had to put the underscore in there to make it not show up as a dumb smiley thing. i hate those. don't include the _ when you type it in). try that again and see if it works.
iirc, vnc doesn't encrypt transmissions, so what tunnelling with ssh does is transmits the vnc info via ssh (i.e. encrypted) to you on the other side. ssh doesn't necessarily mean command line. do a google for vnc tunnelling and ssh or some such thing.
Last edited by mijenks; 07-30-2004 at 11:49 AM.