How to Use a Remote Desktop Viewer With Ubuntu

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How to Use a Remote Desktop Viewer With Ubuntu
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Ubuntu Linux is a free, open-source operating system that includes a "Remote Desktop Viewer" application. The Remote Desktop Viewer connects to graphical desktops running the VNC server software over a local network or the Internet and displays a real-time image of their desktop on your computer screen. Your mouse and keyboard control the remote computer's desktop, allowing you to use the computer as if you were sitting there. Access your home computer from on the road or help another user with their desktop using the Remote Desktop Viewer.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the Remote Desktop Preferences on the desktop you want to connect to by clicking "System," "Preferences" and "Remote Desktop."

  2. 2

    Enable Remote Desktop by clicking "Allow Other Users to View Your Desktop" and "Allow Other Users to Control Your Desktop" in the Remote Desktop Preferences window.

  3. 3

    Note the IP address displayed after "Others Can Access Your Computer Using the Address" in the Remote Desktop Preferences window.

  4. 4

    Forward port 5900 to the IP address displayed in the Remote Desktop Preferences window if you want to connect to your computer over the Internet and the Remote Desktop Preferences window says "Your Desktop is Only Reachable Over the Local Network"

  1. 1

    Open the Remote Desktop Viewer by clicking "Applications," "Internet" and "Remote Desktop Viewer."

  2. 2

    Click "Connect" on the Remote Desktop Viewer toolbar.

  3. 3

    Click the "Protocol" box and click "VNC."

  4. 4

    Type the IP address displayed in the other machine's Remote Desktop Preferences window in the "Host" box.

  5. 5

    Configure the Remote Desktop Viewer connection by clicking the "Full Screen," "View Only," "Scaling" and/or "Use JPEG Compression" check-boxes.

  6. 6

    Connect to the remote desktop by clicking the "Connect" button at the bottom-right corner of the window.

Tips and warnings

  • Configure the remote desktop connection settings by using the other options in its Remote Desktop Preferences window.
  • Connect to computers running other operating systems with the Remote Desktop Viewer by installing VNC clients on them.

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