Remote desktop access

Darren Mansell darren.mansell at
Fri Aug 24 13:10:24 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2007-08-24 at 13:00 +0100, CwCrei wrote:
> Hi folks, :)
> Bit of a Linux/Ubuntu newbie, so...
> I've got a 6.10 desktop machine sitting on my 100Mbps wired LAN and it's 
> working beautifully.
> Both my girlfriend and I would like to be able to use this machine's 
> desktop remotely over the LAN, mainly from WinXP machines located 
> elsewhere in the house (it's sitting on my desk with mouse, keyboard and 
> monitor right now, but the plan is to do away with that lot, put it into 
> a rack case and hide it away in the equipment rack). I've briefly tried 
> using VNC, but have found it slightly clunky and unacceptably slow - as 
> a benchmark, there's an 800MHz WinXP Pro box on our network that is 
> almost always accessed remotely using Microsoft's Remote Desktop, which 
> has performed noticeably faster than VNC to date, and I consider Remote 
> Desktop to be only 'adequate' when it comes to speed. VNC has the 
> advantage of also offering remote access to my old G3 Mac, but it can be 
> unusably slow with screen updates.
> So, what's the best way for two people to, sometimes simultaniously, 
> remotely access an Ubuntu desktop from WinXP Pro machines, using 
> non-commercial software?
> Thanks for your help... :)
> PJ.

I think NX is the best answer for you.

apt-get install openssh-server 


Download and install the .deb's for the server, client and nxnode

Then install the Windows client on your Windows machine.

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