Running graphical applications from Bubba using VNC

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To set up a working VNC server on Bubba Two, you can do the following:

1) As root, install xserver-xorg-core using aptitude (you will find it under virtual packages, select it, press +, and g to install)


2) Still as root, install jwm and vnc4server

apt-get install jwm
apt-get install vnc4server

3) As your normal user, start the VNC server for the first time (see man vncserver for options -depth and -geometry that are sometimes used, but not required). You will be prompted for a password you will have to use to connect to your desktop.


4) Stop the server

vncserver -kill :1

5) Edit the ~/.vnc/xstartup file to look like this (for example)


# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
# exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
xterm -bg black -fg gray &
jwm &

6) Start the server again, it should now work fine.


7) Download a VNC client (for example from ), and connect to your desktop at <ip address>:5901, using the password you chose earlier