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Old 08-21-2002, 05:38 PM   #1
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Want to work remotely but see the desktop etc as local?

How can I log into a Unix environment at a distant location (remote working) and work with it as though I am working locally?

I am using Linux redhat OS.
I can telnet into the system
or also ftp into the remot sytem.

What I want to do is like a telnet program but I can also see my desk-top and execute programs etc as though I am working local?
I think there are programs out there, that provide this, I think one is called something like hummingbird...
Old 08-21-2002, 05:59 PM   #2
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That'll be VNC I think.

Old 08-21-2002, 07:36 PM   #3
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If all you want to do is see your [server] desktop from [remote] machine, the answer might be X forwarding. Since the X protocol is a network hog, this option slows you down, but hey.. I havent seen anything faster. You may want to look at the Remote X apps mini-howto at:

Since you said you are accessing this system at work, I assume that the medium is the Internet in which case security is a concern. Secure Shell (SSH) might be the answer to your prayers. SSH can automate X forwarding if you have an X server ( hummingbird/cygwin/Xfree86(linux) ) on the [remote] end that the client apps running on the [server] to connect to. SSH can also replace telnet and ftp, which send passwords in cleartext. Visit for details.
Old 08-23-2002, 07:59 PM   #4
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I have downloaded the VNC for Linux.
I have read the documents but no where does it tell me how to start the application.

Has any one used the appplication?
Or knows how to use it?


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