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aqnato 12-04-2006 03:30 AM

Viewing a Linux Server from a Mac OS X client using VNC

I have always used VNC Viewer to remotely control a linux machine from my PC. It works well. How can I do the same thing from my Mac? I have tried different viewers and among them Vine Viewer worked during the trial period but it is shareware. Is there something like VNC Viewer that is available for free? It seems that Chicken of the VNC and OSXVnc make Mac as the server but not the client and only Vine Viewer seems to work well in Mac (like VNC Viewer in Windows that works well with SSH when we want to view a Linux machine from a PC)...

I wish I can also do it by using some commands through the Terminal of Mac OS X. I usually SSH the server then I can run vncviewer but I don't know which of the switches should be used and what the syntax should be.

Any help would be deeply appreciated. Thanks!!!


acid_kewpie 12-04-2006 03:38 AM

how does this relate to linux? your question is "are there any VNC clients for OSX?" isn't it? google says try cotvnc. there's always the java server client too remember.

aqnato 12-04-2006 03:43 AM

Chicken of the VNC makes the Mac as the server and I can view it from another computer but it cannot view the linux machine that I want to connect to.

I want to access a linux machine in the university using my Mac at home. I can access the same linux machine using my PC through SSH with tunneling coupled with RealVNC Viewer. However, I can't do the same thing with my Mac. I tried cotvnc, vnc, osxvnc but all of them failed. One worked --- Vine Viewer so I was able to view the linux machine using my Mac during the trial period. I was just wondering whether there are other viewers like Vine that will work. I have tried googling for quite a while so I decided to ask. Thanks!!!

aqnato 12-04-2006 03:47 AM

No. I was asking for VNC clients for Linux. There are PC clients like RealVNC etc but with Mac, I was able to find Vine Viewer. With regard to Real VNC, I think they have something for Mac but it is the Enterprise Edition (but the server only has the RealVNC Free Server Edition(?) or something like that so I can access it with RealVNC Viewer. Thanks again!!!

acid_kewpie 12-04-2006 04:05 AM

not sure how many way's "Chicken of the VNC is a VNC client for Mac OS X." can be taken really... says it's a client, and i'm sure the developers wouldn't mistake their own product for something else...

you're *not* asking for vnc clients for linux at all. a vnc client for linux would be a client that runs on linux, not connects to linux. VNC/RDP is a standardised protocol. as such there is no connection between the server running the vnc connection and what type of client. a vnc client can connect to vnc servers running on any platform whatsoever.

aqnato 12-04-2006 04:08 AM

Oh, I see. Thanks! My terms may not be that clear so I am sorry. I just want to view the linux machine from a Mac. It seems that I could not find one aside from Vine Viewer that works with tunneling. The Chicken of the VNC seems to have no tunneling option...I don't know how to do it (and have been trying to but still unsuccessful).

acid_kewpie 12-04-2006 04:10 AM

i've not seen any clients with tunneling capabilities built in. personally i'd suggest just using ssh directly to establish the tunnel. there's a good guide to this in our tutorial section, which i'd be confident was just as valid for OS X

aqnato 12-04-2006 04:17 AM

Thanks! I will look for it. Vine Viewer can do it but it is shareware. I was just wondering if I can do something directly form the Terminal that can do the job.

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