I was wondering if anyone could give an update on the state of vnc in Ubuntu 17.10 with Wayland, and if it is possible, some instructions on how to set it up. The vnc documentation on the Ubuntu community wiki is relevant for an x11 server, but not Wayland.

As background to my question, I used to regularly use x11vnc to remotely set up vnc over ssh, but go figure, no x11 means x11vnc no worky. Now, my office desktop is running Wayland and I can't figure out how to get GUI access while I am traveling. One of the reasons I want the GUI is that the computer appears to be set to automatically suspend after a certain time and I haven't been able to figure out how to turn that off from the command line (I have been sending people in to my office to hit the power button every so often). I tried using tightvnc to create a x11 virtual desktop, which it appears to have done, but when I connect with vnc I just get a blank gray screen with an X for the mouse, presumably because all the gnome bits are off in Wayland space...

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    Related: ctrl.blog/entry/wayland-gnome-remote-desktop Probably not working yet…
    – Melebius
    Jan 22, 2018 at 14:18
  • you can start gnome using X
    – Panther
    Jan 22, 2018 at 15:27
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    I know that I can choose a xorg session on login, but I don't see how to do that at a distance with a Wayland session already running... Jan 22, 2018 at 16:29
  • As I remember, vnc simplicity was one of the original arguments for Wayland, so it is kind of shocking this doesn't work yet... Jan 22, 2018 at 17:39


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