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How do I connect to openSuse 10.2 with a persistent desktop using VNC

Posted on 2007-11-26
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Hello,

I have installed openSuse 10.2 (I know 10.3 is out, but 10.2 is running on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 where 10.3 had issues).  I am trying to connect using VNC to a KDE desktop, and have it persistent.

I have enabled remote administration and using the GUI opened the firewall to allow connections.  When I connect I only get a gray X11 screen with a 'X' for a cursor - nothing else.

Doing a google leads me to VNC is not spawing twm and then KDE when someone connects.  However, after googling around I cannot find which file to edit to allow what I want.

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Check the following Link, it should help to make the default Windows Manager KDE:

http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/feature/16011.html
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Thanks for the link. I have got a little further.  When I VNC'd I got the twm console as the website said.  However when I change twm & to kde & I still get the twm session.  My xstartup file is as follows:

xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
kde &

Looking at the log file there is an entry saying kde:command not found.  I have tried to find what command is needed to start the KDE.  I found start_kdeinit but that complained about another session already having it started.
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Did you kill the VNC sessions before restarting it? Also try startkde instead of just kde.
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Hello,

Unfortunatly I gave up and reinstalled.  I installed Suse with Gnome this time and got it working easily.  I'm sure KDE would work somehow, but I wasnt after a particular desktop manager.  Anyway, its all sorted now :)
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your welcome
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