TeamViewer on Linux

Karl Auer kauer at
Sat Dec 5 12:29:32 UTC 2015

On Sat, 2015-12-05 at 10:15 +0000, Colin Law wrote:
> I don't understand what you are saying.  You have to have TeamViewer
> running on two machines, the client and the server.  So I don't see
> how you can have it on just one machine that you run from anywhere.
> If the machine you called the server is also to be the TeamViewer
> server then even if it ran it would only be able to share the X window
> that belonged to it, so what is the point?

I'm puzzled that this is causing such confusion. The solution I am
seeking for TeamViewer is a completely generic solution to a common

Let's say that I regularly find myself seated, at various times, in
front of machines A, B, C and D. My work requires me, at those various
times, to use some software, let's call it Q. The obvious solution is to
have Q installed on each of A, B, C and D.

An alternative, however, is to have Q installed on another system, E,
log into E remotely from A, B, C or D as needed, and on E, run Q. The
results of running Q are displayed on my local screen.

Thus I have the software Q available to me wherever I am, without
needing to actually have Q installed wherever I am.

Now substitute "TeamViewer" for "Q". I hope it is obvious that in this
particular case I am not planning to access E using TeamViewer - my hope
is that I can use ssh with X11 forwarding. However, accessing E via
TeamViewer would be a perfectly acceptable plan for any situation where
Q != TeamViewer.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at

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