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    Default openSUSE 13.1 Remote Desktop: Documentation Needed

    Hi,

    I'm trying to find a guide for setting up remote desktop access on openSUSE 13.1, but everything I've found is outdated and a lot of the documentation is poorly written. If someone can start a wiki on remote access and openSUSE 13.1, I can edit and add to it. What is the best solution for remote access of an openSUSE 13.1 computer? Is TightVNC the preferred solution?

    Remote access setup on Linux is a bit of a pain, whereas with Windows you can just download a portable .zip of TeamViewer or use the built-in RDP client and it just works after opening 1 port.

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    Hi
    So if your familiar with teamviewer, then use that on your linux machine?
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    Default Re: openSUSE 13.1 Remote Desktop: Documentation Needed

    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    So if your familiar with teamviewer, then use that on your linux machine?
    Well what is the SUSE preferred way? When enabling remote desktop in YaST, it wants to install a ton of Xorg packages. Is this necessary? I am trying to stay away from proprietary software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pirithous View Post
    Well what is the SUSE preferred way? When enabling remote desktop in YaST, it wants to install a ton of Xorg packages. Is this necessary? I am trying to stay away from proprietary software.
    Hi
    I use ssh and NX on my SUSE Linux Enterprise systems, openSUSE ssh and NX, vinagre would be the other. So many choices, which again is dependent on your network, bandwidth considerations etc.

    It all depends on your requirements, most stuff I do is via the command line or use ssh -X.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by pirithous View Post
    Well what is the SUSE preferred way? When enabling remote desktop in YaST, it wants to install a ton of Xorg packages. Is this necessary? I am trying to stay away from proprietary software.
    I occasionally have to connect to a remote (Windows) server via VPN for work. I'm a KDE user, and use KRDC (Remote desktop client) using the RDP protocol. Some users like using VNC for remote desktop access.

    Here's a VNC guide (KDE-orientated)
    http://www.binarytides.com/remote-share-kde-desktop/

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    Default Re: openSUSE 13.1 Remote Desktop: Documentation Needed

    So if I were to want to connect via VNC from one SUSE box to another, do I have to have all that xorg bloat install just because of ticking one option in Remote Administration in YaST?

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    Default Re: openSUSE 13.1 Remote Desktop: Documentation Needed

    I get an error when I try to run vncserver; what does this mean?

    Code:
    pirithous@linux-hkxg:~> vncserver
    xauth: (argv):1:  bad display name "linux-hkxg:2" in "add" command
    
    New 'linux-hkxg:2 (pirithous)' desktop is linux-hkxg:2
    
    Starting applications specified in /home/pirithous/.vnc/xstartup
    Log file is /home/pirithous/.vnc/linux-hkxg:2.log

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    Quote Originally Posted by pirithous View Post
    I get an error when I try to run vncserver; what does this mean?

    Code:
    pirithous@linux-hkxg:~> vncserver
    xauth: (argv):1:  bad display name "linux-hkxg:2" in "add" command
    
    New 'linux-hkxg:2 (pirithous)' desktop is linux-hkxg:2
    
    Starting applications specified in /home/pirithous/.vnc/xstartup
    Log file is /home/pirithous/.vnc/linux-hkxg:2.log
    I get the same, but when I then invoke the client with
    Code:
    vncviewer linux-bbgi:2
    it does work.

    You didn't mention whether you're trying to access graphical desktop, or just require CLI access? Which desktop environment? KDE has a nice tool that lets you configure desktop sharing using krfb?

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    Default Re: openSUSE 13.1 Remote Desktop: Documentation Needed

    Quote Originally Posted by pirithous View Post
    So if I were to want to connect via VNC from one SUSE box to another, do I have to have all that xorg bloat install just because of ticking one option in Remote Administration in YaST?
    How can you expect to have a remote GUI.. without actually having GUI on the machine you're trying to administer?

    You could always tunnel X applications via SSH and use them on the server that way instead of running a full interface.
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    Default Re: openSUSE 13.1 Remote Desktop: Documentation Needed

    Quote Originally Posted by deano_ferrari View Post
    I get the same, but when I then invoke the client with
    Code:
    vncviewer linux-bbgi:2
    it does work.

    You didn't mention whether you're trying to access graphical desktop, or just require CLI access? Which desktop environment? KDE has a nice tool that lets you configure desktop sharing using krfb?
    I'm using KDE, but the openSUSE box I want to connect to is running Xfce.

    Quote Originally Posted by Miuku View Post
    How can you expect to have a remote GUI.. without actually having GUI on the machine you're trying to administer?

    You could always tunnel X applications via SSH and use them on the server that way instead of running a full interface.
    I see your point, but all I was wanting to do was view the screen, not have a totally separate session. Why are all the xorg packages being installed through YaST when enabling remote administration, whilst invoking the vncserver command via the command line works (I tested using localhost) without all those packages being installed?

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