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We are a small team having limited resoueces but large projects and ideas. I use Ubuntu 12.04 on my system. I want to make my system usable to others also. Hence I want to convert it into a remote desktop server so that even while i am working on ubuntu they can use my system ( without effecting my work) just by logging in. Is it possible?

Note I want to allow multiple user sessions at once

Thank you

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Yes, this is possible in various ways. Linux is a multi-user system by design. What OS are your colleagues on? – zwets Mar 5 '13 at 7:15
@zwets Few have windows and others have ubuntu – Sankalp Mishra Mar 5 '13 at 7:16

For the Ubuntu colleagues, create user accounts on your machine. Then have them login with ssh -Y and run their desired application. The -Y option allows the visual output to get tunneled to their box.

If you want your colleagues to have a full desktop environment, you could enable XDMCP on your box, and have them run one of the client solutions described in the Ubuntu XDMCP documentation. Note that running Unity or Gnome this way is pretty much out of the question, you could however give them a lightweight desktop environment such as XFCE.

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There is a program in Ubuntu named Desktop sharing. You can access it from dash (press super key).

Edit: For a single user on remote Ubuntu/Linux only one user can be logged on. If you want to share your screen try tools like TeamViewer and a greate chrome extenssion from

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but it will allow only one user at a time. How can i allow multiple users at one time – Sankalp Mishra Mar 5 '13 at 6:50
edited my answer ;) – Mostafa Shahverdy Mar 5 '13 at 6:53
I dont want to share my screen.:). I want to share my system and its resources. – Sankalp Mishra Mar 5 '13 at 6:55
For screen sharing you can use teamviewer and a good google chrome extenssion developed by google. – Mostafa Shahverdy Mar 5 '13 at 7:04
thank you both of u for these awesome solutions. But my requirement is actually different from them. I want to allow multiple user sessions on my system at once!! :) – Sankalp Mishra Mar 5 '13 at 7:09

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