QUI access to Linux

Posted on 2006-06-06
Last Modified: 2013-12-16

I am on one Linux box (Fedora 5) and I want to access another one (also Fedora 5).

I can SSH to it, but this only gives me CLI. By now, I am used to nice GUI tools that I see in GNOME. If I do startx, it does not start because on X session is already running on the target machine (it boots into GUI).

Any suggestions?

Thank you.
Question by:kerzner
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    Accepted Solution

    The easy option is to use VNC:

    This is included in most modern distibutions.

    Once you have ssh'd in:


    You will be asked to provide a password. Once verified, you can vncclient into your server with a graphical interface. Unfortunately, this gives you just the twm, which isn't very 'pretty. So...edit ~/.vnc/xstartup, and uncomment the 2 lines as instructed to get it to run your default window manager (KDE/Gnome etc).

    To kill a vnc session:

    vncserver -kill :1

    Where 1 is the number of the vnc session.

    VNC is open source and free:)

    Alternatively, you could try out NX server from no machine:

    There is a free trial version for 30 days, or alternatively, you could try freeNX which is an open source equivalent.

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    Perfect advice and very nicely phrased also. I should perhaps add that when I  ssh, I tunnel port 5901, and then I do not have to open it in the Linux firewall. But this works great, and better than startkde.
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    Always nice to have a satisfied customer:)

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