Remote control of Ubuntu machine from web using dynamic DNS to reach my home LAN

Hi

I have a Virgin internet line which did not offer static IP address so I have put in place dynamic DNS which I know works as I use it to remotely configure my internet router from the internet.

The URL is http://philipanderson.homedns.org and there is a port number set as well.

Now at home I have a great app called KMyMoney which runs on Ubuntu.  

What is the easiest, simplest, best (including fastest experience/interface) method of logging in to this machine remotely and working on this app from over the internet???  I have quite a fast 10MBPS line.

PS I do like IT but am not terribly experienced with Linux command line language so please explain any steps carefully !  I am pretty familiar with the Ubuntu GUI though.

Thank you

Philip

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Fabio MarzoccaFreelancerCommented:
First you need to register with a dynamic DNS provider. i.e.: www.dyndns.org, then install ddclient on ubuntu and follow the guide: http://linhost.info/2008/12/ddclient-set-up-for-ubuntu/

Once configured, you shold reach your PC on the address you choosed in dyndns.org.

Then, to run a graphical application, you may need to connect to your PC with VNC, but it depend upon which OS are you running remotely to connect to this machine. You will also need to configure your firewall (if any) in order to open required ports for VNC.

Another option could be to setup an ssh -Y connection so that you can start your application on a secure connection.
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philanderson888Author Commented:
Thanks for this help.

I would be connecting over the internet using a standard XP machine - would I still need VNC to connect to my Ubuntu?

Philip
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Fabio MarzoccaFreelancerCommented:
On ubuntu go to the menu "System" then "Preferences" and click on "Remote Desktop". For a vncviewer on Windows you can get one from realvnc, ultravnc, etc. Those are just .exe files so no need to install them.
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philanderson888Author Commented:
Hi

Thanks for this - I think I understand it and have set it up.

I won't be at work now till next week to test this out, so I will reply.

Thanks again

Philip
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