A few weeks ago I gave [tag]Ubuntu[/tag] another chance. The update bug was corrected and now I could enjoy my Ubuntu box without losing too much time with bugs. My ULAMP (the U is from Ubuntu) box was now ready to work, the only thing missing was the remote access. I installed [tag]SSH[/tag] and explored the [tag]Remote Desktop[/tag] feature that comes with Ubuntu. [tag]VNC[/tag] based, worked well, fast and functional, but when you logoff thereâ€™s no more Remote Desktop available. I needed VNC available from the login screen, or [tag]GDM[/tag] in Gnome/Ubuntu. So hereâ€™s a quick how to:
First, disable Desktop Sharing under System -> Preferences -> Remote Desktop.
Now install x11vnc, you can do this with [tag]apt-get[/tag] or [tag]Synaptics[/tag], this package is available in the Community Maintained (Universe) repository.
Now with [tag]x11vnc[/tag] installed, you will need to create a password file:
sudo x11vnc -storepasswd yourpasswordhere /etc/x11vnc.pass
Then configure GDM to run x11vnc when at loading time:
sudo gedit /etc/X11/gdm/Init/Default
and this line to the file:
/usr/bin/x11vnc -rfbauth /etc/x11vnc.pass -o /tmp/x11vnc.log -forever -bg -rfbport 5900
(you can change the port and other parameters)
So far so good, but if you restart your pc at this stage youâ€™ll only be able to login, then the GDM will kill your session. To avoid this we must change another file:
sudo gedit /etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf
now search for this line :
And change it to this:
Restart you PC and now you have VNC at login time.
Ubuntu and VNC by Ricardo Saramago, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.