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pioruns
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Desktop Sharing for Linux Mint solution needed

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Hello,

For years my parents had PC with Ubuntu installed. Firstly, it was Ubuntu 13.10 or 13.04, then, over the years I upgraded it all way up to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which was so bloated and slow that I had to reinstall machine completely. It was using all massive 2GB of installed RAM :? and then some from swapfile. I tried to uninstall some of that bloat (all these snapd, hundreds of autostarting python scripts and you name it) to no avail. :evil:

I landed with Linux Mint 17.3 MATE and they are very happy, their old dual core PC with 2 GB RAM is very fast and stable again :D

All that time I've been using Teamviewer to manage their PC, they are not computer savvy people :wink: I don't want to bloat this computer again with Wine, virtual servers, closed-source Teamviewer services running in background and all that crap. I want something lean, small, fast and open source.

This question I direct to you guys :)
What should I use to remote access to other machine? I familiarized myself with "Desktop Sharing Preferences" in Linux Mint MATE menus. I researched to find out this is actually vino - VNC server for GNOME. So I can give a try to VNC software. What client should I use? Is there one installed in Linux Mint by default? If not, which one I can download from official repositories? How I will find out IP of their machine everytime I want to connect, do I need to install some sort of dynamic DNS or something?

Thanks everyone who has read my post and I am waiting for any answers. Cheers!

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Re: Desktop Sharing for Linux Mint solution needed

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I set my mom up on Mint after she got a nasty virus... she had already been using Firefox, Chrome, Thunderbird, OpenOffice, etc. so all of the apps didn't change.

I simply ssh into her machine and do stuff on the command line. If you need a GUI, you can tunnel X11 over ssh (ssh -CY user@host) and then start whatever applications you need to. If you want to run a full desktop session remotely, use Xnest on your local machine (starts a second X server as a windowed app) and launch a desktop session...

lmuserx4849

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tightvnc and x11vnc. Cherk VNC at Ubuntu.

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Re: Desktop Sharing for Linux Mint solution needed

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Thanks for your suggestions guys. But how I can establish computer's IP?
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pioruns wrote:But how I can establish computer's IP?
http://whatsmyip.com/
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Re: Desktop Sharing for Linux Mint solution needed

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Hi "pioruns",

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

ipleak.net - shows your ip address, and more.
http://www.ipleak.net

There are numerous applications and methods to remotely access other computers.

What's wrong with "Teamviewer"? I know they had a security issues before, but by now that should have been dealt with.

There is also "nomachine" which is excellent, does not use a lot of computer resources, easy to install, and use.
https://www.nomachine.com/download

There are numerous RDP (remote desktop programs) in the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM) which can all work with other RDP software clients; meaning you could use one RDP client and someone else can use another RDP client and you should still be able to do remote control with each other.

7 of the best Linux remote desktop clients
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/softwa ... nts-716346

"openSSH" is great, but not so much for non-techie people.
http://pclosmag.com/html/Issues/201102/page18.html

Setting Up a Home Network with Linux Mint
https://www.maketecheasier.com/setting- ... inux-mint/

If you and the person(s) (parents, etc...) you want to communicate and do a remote session with, have an "xmpp" (Jabber) chat account (free and easy to get and use), then some of the chat and messaging software clients (Jitsi etc...) will also allow remote access and desktop sharing as well. Also, it is a great alternative to the insecure use of "Skype" ("qTox" is another great alternative to Skype).

XMPP (Jabber)
https://xmpp.org/

Post with good information for XMPP and how to setup your own account.
viewtopic.php?f=242&t=223037&hilit=xmpp

Jitsi - Secure video calls, conferencing, chat, desktop sharing, file transfer, support for your favorite OS, and IM network. All this, and more.
https://jitsi.org/


XMPP (Jabber): Surprisingly Better Than It Used To Be, By adamw on September 18, 2013 (funny article)
https://www.happyassassin.net/2013/09/1 ... sed-to-be/

Interesting info
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compariso ... d_features

There are numerous posts in this forum on this topic as well.

Hope this helps ...
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