1. Install the tightvnc and xorg-x11-Xvnc packages:
root# zypper install tightvnc xorg-x11-Xvnc
Type the command
vncserver to start the VNC server, and then type the command
to open the VNC configuration file in the vi text editor. You can replace “vi” with your preferred text editor.
Add the line
/usr/bin/gnome & under the
#!/bin/sh line, if you are using the Gnome desktop.
Type the command
vncserver in Suse 10 or
dbus-launch vncserver in Suse 11, to start the VNC server. Take note of the desktop number, usually “:1,” “:2” or “:3,” that is shown after the command is executed.
2. Connect to the Server
Open the VNC viewer software on the remote computer. Type “192.168.1.100:1” in the connection text box. Replace “192.168.1.100” with the IP address of the Suse server. Replace “:1” with the desktop number from the previous section. and then type the password for the VNC server, when prompted.
Users who are logged on can start a server with a simple console command.
• Starting the server in Suse versions 10.x:
• Starting the server in Suse versions 11.x:
The vncserver command will start the next unused desktop in the sequence :1, :2, :3 …etc. You can attach many options to the command line when starting the server. There are options specific to TightVNC on the TightVNC man page and you can also attach the options listed in the Xvnc man page.
vncpasswd allows you to set the password used to access VNC desktops. Its default behavior is to prompt for a VNC password and then store an obfuscated version of this password to passwd-file (or to $HOME/.vnc/passwd if no password file is specified.) The vncserver script runs vncpasswd the first time you start a VNC desktop, and it invokes Xvnc with the appropriate -rfbauth option. vncviewer can also be given a password file to use via the -passwd option. The password must be at least six characters long (unless the -f command-line option is used– see below), and only the first eight characters are significant. Note that the stored password is not encrypted securely – anyone who has access to this file can trivially find out the plain-text password, so vncpasswd always sets appropriate permissions (read and write only by the owner.) However, when accessing a VNC desktop, a challenge-response mechanism is used over the wire making it hard for anyone to crack the password simply by snooping on the network.
server:/home/user/.vnc # cat xstartup
[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &