Is there a Linux X server with VNC support?
cbeerse "at" hiscom.nl
Tue Jun 4 08:54:05 2002
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stan Gowen [mailto:sgowen "at" us.ibm.com]
> I'm new to this mailing list, but have been using VNC for
> several years.
You've missed some things...
> I have used VNC to access my UNIX box at work from my PC at home
> and laptop.
> But the main way in which I use VNC daily is to run the VNC server on
> my Windows 2000 laptop and connect to it from my Unix box with a
> VNC client. This allows me to use one keyboard and mouse to control
> both my PC and Unix box and allows me to cut and paste between
> them, which has been very useful and productive for me. My project
> mandated mailer (Lotus Notes) requires the W2K box.
I bet there is a Linux implementation for Lotus Notes, for other unixes too.
However, I don't know details.
> I run an Xserver on three graphics adapters in my Unix box.
> Two of the
> adapters (DISPLAY values are :0.0 and :0.1) are connected to monitors
> and I use them for my Unix work. The other is not normally
> connected to
> a monitor (DISPLAY value is :0.2). Instead I connect my PC
> directly to a
> third monitor and use VNC to provide the keyboard and mouse access
> to the PC. VNC graphics were obviously slower than a direct monitor
> connection to my PC.
> Now I'm adding Linux to the mix. I have installed RedHat 7.3
> on the same
> laptop and sometimes need to use it instead of Windows 2000
> (I do loose
> my mailer for the duration, though).
So it should run vncserver e.g. Xvnc.
> I have successfully loaded Linux VNC binaries on the RedHat
> 7.3 install,
Should be easy, they are in the distribution.
> started a VNC server and connected to it from my normal Unix
> box. However,
> when you start a VNC server on any Unix box it always starts
> a background
> X Server (DISPLAY=:1). What I would really like to do is be able to
> directly to the same Xserver (DISPLAY=:0) that I can visually
> see on my laptop
> screen. This would allow me a setup similar to that for my
> Windows 2000 box.
> I'm no X guru, but I think you would have to have a version of some X
> server with VNC support added to do what I would like.
> Has anyone out there done anything like this with a Linux X
> server and VNC or have any ideas?
First: Do NOT use the vnc-server approache for RedHat, it has some
For linux (or other unix?) with XFree version 4.2, have a look at
http://xf4vnc.sourceforge.net/. Might also work on other unix platforms
using XFree 4.
For linux (or other unix?) which uses the framebuffer (either as text
console or as base for any Xserver) have a look at
http://www.hexonet.de/software/x0rfbserver/. Might also work on other unix
platforms with framebuffer at the console, like HP on PA-Risc or Solaris on
For a multi user system which does NOT serve the console (but who cares,
there is no need to on unix):
http://www.sourcecodecorner.com/articles/vnc/linux.asp. This is my favorite.
It can be combined with one of the above.
> P.S. Sorry for the long initial note.
It's always nice to read success stories.