How to Connect to Suse in Linux Remote Desktop

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How to Connect to Suse in Linux Remote Desktop
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A remote desktop allows you to connect to the graphical environment of your computer from a remote computer. The Linux operating system, including Suse, uses VNC (Virtual Network Computing) to connect to the computer. The remote desktop requires the VNC server software to be installed. The computer you are connecting from requires VNC viewer software to be installed. TightVNC is the default VNC server for the Suse operating system. You can use any VNC viewer software on the client computer.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • tightvnc software package
  • xorg-x11-Xvnc software package

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Instructions

    Install the VNC Server software

  1. 1

    Click on the main Suse menu.

  2. 2

    Choose the "System" sub-menu.

  3. 3

    Choose the "YaST" option.

  4. 4

    Click the "Software" tab at the top of the YaST Control Center.

  5. 5

    Select the "tightvnc" and "xorg-x11-Xvnc" software packages.

  6. 6

    Click the "Accept" button to install the software.

    Configure the server

  1. 1

    Click on the main Suse menu.

  2. 2

    Choose the "System" sub-menu.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Terminal" option to open a terminal window.

  4. 4

    Type the command "vncserver" to start the VNC server software.

  5. 5

    Type in the password users will need in order to log into the server, when prompted.

  6. 6

    Type the command "vi $HOME/.vnc/xstartup" to open the VNC configuration file in the vi text editor. You can replace "vi" with your preferred text editor.

  7. 7

    Add the line "/usr/bin/startkde" under the "#!/bin/sh" line, if you are using the KDE4 desktop. Add the line "/usr/bin/kde &", if you are using KDE3 desktop. Add the line "/usr/bin/gnome &", if you are using the Gnome desktop.

  8. 8

    Save and close the file.

  9. 9

    Type the command "vncserver", in Suse 10 or "dbus-launch vncserver", in Suse 11, to start the VNC server. Take note of the desktop number, usually ":1," ":2" or ":3," that is shown after the command is executed.

    Connect to the Server

  1. 1

    Open the VNC viewer software on the remote computer.

  2. 2

    Type "192.168.1.101:1" in the connection text box. Replace "192.168.1.101" with the IP address of the Suse computer. Replace ":1" with the desktop number from the previous section.

  3. 3

    Type the password for the VNC server, when prompted.

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