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trafikpolisen 01-20-2010 04:27 AM

Cross-platform remote control / remote desktop software
I've been using Linux on a more regular basis for the last two months now and have been able to find replacements for most of the software i use in Windows, or by using Wine. But i have one big problem that is keeping me from switching permanently to Linux. I frequently use remote control software to access and control my computers, both at home and to access my computers from remote places over the internet. I've been using NetOp, and more recently RealVNC. The client, or "viewer" part of RealVNC is working fine in both Windows and Linux. It's the host or server part that i can't get to work properly when it comes to VNC. The module doesn't work on my system, x0vncserver program seems rather useless since it refuses to load before i have a network connection and this prevents me from start the program automatically as the wireless connection isn't ready and the vncserver command isn't an option since it doesn't display what i see on the actual screen. So, does anyone have a nice solution to this problem? Either to make VNC work or suggest some software that does. Anyway, it has to work on both Windows and Linux, in Linux it has to display the native x display, there must be built-in encryption and preferably be free or open-source software. I'm using Ubuntu 9.10. I hope you understand me, my english isn't great, especially not this early in the day:) Thank you!

EricTRA 01-20-2010 04:40 AM


Have a look at NoMachine NX. I'm looking into it at the moment and it looks quite promising.

Kind regards,


trafikpolisen 01-22-2010 08:21 PM

Nomachine looks promising indeed. I've been experimenting and reading the documentation and googling a lot. And i think what i want to do is connect to a shadow session. But after a lot of tries and enabling about averything in server.cfg i only get to the point where i can choose an available session, and upon choosing it getting the following error:
I have been able to connect to a "new" session, but i want to connect to whatever i left on the screen of that computer.

jiml8 01-22-2010 08:31 PM

Presuming you actually need remote control software, you can always start it remotely by establishing an SSH session to the machine that needs to run the server, then commanding the server to start.

You might also find that SSH is all you need; if you enable X-forwarding, you can establish a complete graphical user session remotely via SSH.

There are a variety of SSH solutions available for Windows; personally I just deploy Cygwin and run the *nix ssh daemon and client on Windows as well.

Also, I have had better luck with TightVNC than I have had with RealVNC.

trafikpolisen 01-22-2010 10:35 PM

What i really wan't to do is to start a client from which i can connect to, and see exactly the same desktop as i left when i left that physical computer, wheather it is from the computer 5 meters from the physical one, or from one across town. Preferably from a USB stick.

Anyway, i wan't to thank you for your replies so far.

trafikpolisen 01-24-2010 01:27 AM

After a lot of hours in front of the computer i have finally found a solution that works acceptably well; putty in combination with the x0vncserver command. I establish a SSH connection with putty, run 'x0vncserver -display :0' and connect with VNC Viewer.

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