[ubuntu-uk] Remote Desktop

James Tuthill techie at omlet.co.uk
Mon Jan 29 15:29:50 GMT 2007

David Pashley wrote:
> On Jan 29, 2007 at 12:46, James Tuthill praised the llamas by saying:
>> Hi,
>> I have installed Ubuntu on around 8 friends and family machines all 
>> round the country. Until now I have never needed to provide remote 
>> desktop help but recently I wanted to do this.
>> Is there a program or a way for them to send their ip address and 
>> settings required for remote desktop to work via email. This would mean 
>> they could just click a button and send me the information and then I 
>> would be able to open up a link between. It might sound a bit simplistic 
>> but I from googling it, Windows has this functionality.
>> Or is a just a simple way of using remote desktop that I haven't figured 
>> out yet,
>> Thanks,
> If you want to see exactly what they are seeing, you can investigate
> VNC. If you just want to be able to run a gui application, you can run 
> ssh -X user at host
> and then start the gui app at the command line.
> For this to work you need to make sure that they have the xauth package
> installed and that you have uncommented the line in /etc/ssh/sshd_config
> that says:
> X11Forwarding yes
> X11DisplayOffset 10
> and restarted sshd
Hi David,

Thanks, I will a play around with that approach :)

What I am really looking for a gui. With a screen with one text field 
and button that says:

Emails Address of helper: james at heisgoingtohelp.com

[button which sends a invitation for remote desktop]

This way they can send me all the details of their host, such as 
ipaddress etc. Otherwise, I have to get them to open the terminal and 
type in ifconfig command, then read some numbers from a screen they 
don't understand, then open up the email client. This is always hard to 
explain and makes things over complicated.

Any ideas? or do you think I should suggest it to the gnome / vino people?


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