Freenx & desktop sharing

Derek Broughton news at
Fri Nov 4 14:13:03 UTC 2005

Matt Price wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 01, 2005 at 03:58:40PM +0100, Dennis Kaarsemaker wrote:
>> On di, 2005-11-01 at 08:05 -0600, BBBB wrote:
>> > When I use VNC I see the users desktop.
>> > When I tried to use freenx, I saw a different desktop.
>> > 
>> > Is it possible to see the users desktop with freenx for helping a user
>> > from
>> > a distance?
>> You can tunnel VNC over NX
> So, just to be sure, two scenarios:
> * I just want to do some stuff on my work machine while I'm at home,
> and I don't like to work in a console.  For this freenx seems to work
> quite easily, correct?

> * I am at work and realize I don't have time to finish what I'm
> doing.  I start up the vncserver there, go home, and access that
> server through /usr/NX/bin/nxclient .  Somewhere I suppose I set
> something up -- the port?  something anyway -- that tells NX to use
> the VNC session.  Andthen it just connects, I suppose.

Supposedly - haven't got it to work yet! :-(
> *I'm at home, and I realize I really want to access some process which
> is running on my desktop at work.  Like, I forgot to save my lecture
> notes & I'm leaving on a plane for a conference in 2 hours.  And
> stupidly, I am not working in emacs or something that I can access
> remtely, but in a plain-old openoffice window.  But VNC is not yet
> running on the work machine!  For me this seems the most likely use
> for remote viewing.  What do I do in THIS situation?  ANyone know?

I'm sorry, that's _three_ scenarios :-)

If it was me, VNC would always be working on the other machine, because it
would be running KDE and krfb.

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