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I want to install some VNC server on my ubuntu 12.04. which one is the best / recommended? how do i configure it?

all i want is to be able to connect my desktop computer through my laptop. i want something simple like connecting with RDP protocol between windows computers.

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Another good article which also talks about different ubuntu versions. http://www.havetheknowhow.com/Configure-the-server/Install-VNC.html

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Another option, if you're using Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection client:

sudo apt-get install xrdp

That's it, no additional configuration needed! Now you can connect from your Windows or Mac laptop using Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection client. I was actually quite surprised how simple it was.

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Note that RDP (Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol) is a different kind of protocol from VNC--this is not actually VNC. It is, however, an excellent solution for many of us! –  Eliah Kagan Aug 12 at 9:26

To install VNC just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command below.

sudo apt-get update

This updates the package list for apt.


Then you'll need to install the Gnome components using Software Center:

Install via the software center

Or Using Terminal:

sudo apt-get install gnome-core

To install VNC server using Software Center:

Install via the software center

Or Using Terminal:

sudo apt-get install vnc4server

For more info just take a look at Complete VNC Server Setup.

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I just wanted to add that I've followed that guide myself, which helped a lot. However, perhaps due to things changing, an issue of a grey screen showing up was addressed in this forum topic, and the answer is to use gnome-session & instead of what the blog author uses. –  TGP1994 Feb 13 at 23:44

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