Latest LQ Deal: Complete CCNA, CCNP & Red Hat Certification Training Bundle
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 11-23-2003, 10:57 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Can you do this with VNC?

Hi All

I got 3 pcs on a LAN.

2x XP and on RH9.

Running VNC server on one XP PC and VNCviewer on the other I can remote onto the XP PC and full control it. (in other words when I do something I can see it on both the local and remote PC)

My ? is when I remote onto the Linux box from a XP PC I see a virtual desktop (Linux) but don't full control the linux PC.

The linux PC is sitting on the login screen and when looking at the XP pc a see a Linux desktop. That's not what I want.

I want to use my XP laptop to full control the Linux pc.

Anyone done this before?

Many thanks
Old 11-24-2003, 12:03 AM   #2
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: San Antonio
Distribution: Suse 9.0 Professional
Posts: 843

Rep: Reputation: 30
What you are seeing is normal. Linux supports multiple desktops running in parallel. VNC Server starts it's numbering at 1. You can have many X sessions running WITHOUT being logged onto the machine locally (i.e. it is still at the login prompt). You still have complete control over the Linux machine in that you can do anything you want within desktop 1.0 as root, etc.

Old 11-24-2003, 12:05 AM   #3
LQ Guru
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Sydney, Australia
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 1,796

Rep: Reputation: 47
This is from the FAQ on the official website:

"Can I remote the normal X:0 display of my Unix workstation?
Not with the current standard VNC distribution. Xvnc starts a completely new X desktop (:n) which is independent of the standard X display of the workstation (:0). You can often get the effect you are looking for by starting an Xvnc session and then running a full screen viewer for it displayed on :0.
We plan to add full support for this in the standard VNC distribution. In the meantime, we've been told that Jens Wagner has a version which polls the screen - see x0rfbserver."

x0rfbserver website seems to be dead though, you might want to look into the remote desktop sharing feature in KDE(which i could never get it work).


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for some help via VNC Wolvenmoon Debian 4 08-18-2005 02:12 PM
Vnc carlosinfl Fedora 6 02-03-2005 06:47 AM
need VNC to allow 'logout/login' from Gnome (gnome & VNC runs fine) spudler Linux - Networking 3 11-14-2004 10:02 AM
about vnc dummyagain Linux - Networking 1 09-24-2004 01:17 AM
VNC - Selecting different WindowManagers with VNC cmfarley19 Linux - Software 0 04-16-2003 02:30 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:25 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration