Ric Moore wayward4now at
Sat Jul 31 05:44:08 UTC 2010

On Fri, 2010-07-30 at 16:02 -0400, Patrick Doyle wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 3:48 PM, Ric Moore <wayward4now at> wrote:
> > On Fri, 2010-07-30 at 14:18 -0400, Patrick Doyle wrote:
> >
> >> The last couple of times I looked, I saw only 2 servers -- tightvnc
> >> and vnc4server.  (I may be misremembering the names).  Each time I
> >> installed the tightvnc server, ran into some problems with it,
> >> installed vns4server, and was happy with that.  (You'd think that,
> >> after the first time, I would have remembered that I had problems with
> >> tightvnc server... but I didn't remember :-( ).
> >
> > There is X11vnc, too. I think that one is the default. So, I think I
> > would be better off picking JUST ONE, instead of pushing all the buttons
> > in synaptic. I'll give your suggestion a go and try the vnc4 combo, with
> > fries and a shake. Thanks! Ric
> My understanding (based upon pure assumption, and not upon taking any
> time to actually read some documentation) is that x11vnc reflects your
> X session as a VNC server.  The other 2 packages implement a
> standalone VNC server.  I'm probably describing this poorly at best,
> inaccurately at worst, but I can tell you that vnc4server has worked
> for me (and a colleague) for starting up a VNC session that I could
> attach to independently of what was being displayed on the console of
> my computer.

Bingo Patrick! You win the prize pony! It did what I wanted it to do. I
used vnc4server and once I got the client setup correctly, which is in a
java 3D application, it worked like a blooming charm! Thanks to everyone
for bringing some light on this.  Ric

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