Remote Desktop Viewer

The Remote Desktop Viewer application allows you to eavesdrop on another workstation (with their permission, of course). You can see everything on the other workstation, and if the workstation owner allows it, you can even take control of the mouse and keyboard to interact with the remote desktop as if you were sitting there yourself!

To start the Remote Desktop Viewer, select Applications O Internet O Remote Desktop Viewer from the Panel menu. Click the Connect button on the taskbar, and either enter the IP address or hostname of the remote workstation or click the Find button to search for available workstations on your network.

When you've established a connection, a dialog box appears on the remote workstation, asking whether it's okay for you to establish the connection, as shown in Figure 8-11.

Figure 8-11: The Question dialog box for the Remote Desktop Viewer.

After the remote desktop user allows the connection, the entire desktop appears in the control window, shown in Figure 8-12.

You can now fully interact with the remote desktop, selecting items from the panel, starting applications, and using its applications.

Figure 8-12: Using the Remote Desktop Viewer to access a remote desktop.

Figure 8-12: Using the Remote Desktop Viewer to access a remote desktop.


To enable other workstations to use Remote Desktop Viewer to connect to your Ubuntu workstation, select System O Preferences O Remote Desktop. The Remote Desktop Preferences window, shown in Figure 8-13, appears.

Figure 8-13: The Remote Desktop Preferences window.

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Select the Allow Other Users to View Your Desktop check box. If you want to allow others to control your desktop in the session, keep the Allow Other Users to Control Your Desktop box checked. If you want to allow them only to view your desktop, remove the check mark.

By default, Ubuntu requires that you give permission for a remote user to connect to your desktop. You can set up a security feature that requires the remote user to enter a password that you select.

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