VNC server port and VNC alternatives

Barry Marler barry.marler at
Thu Oct 6 22:44:09 UTC 2005

On 10/6/05, Philip Axer <paxer at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I think what you would prefer is x11vnc. This is a really nice tool which
> makes it possible to remote control a running X session. Essentially you have
> to have a running X session, this means a running gnome (or other Desktop).
> As far as I know it is possible to control a raw framebuffer device (this
> would make it possible to remote log in with e.g. gdm) but I couldn't get it
> to work on my suse machine. In my opinion the best way to access your remote
> host is via a ssh portforward. See the x11vnc man page. There are 2
> advantages:
> * Your session is encrypted and
> * you can redict every display (e.g. port 5900) to every port (>1024) on your
> client machine.
> This is a very easy way to access your server system from nearly everywhere.
> > Also, what free alternatives are there? Remember, I
> > prefer to take over the existing sessions, not connect
> > and create a new one. VNC works pretty well, I'm just
> > curious.
> Bye
> Philip
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