So I was planning to work from home on the Friday after thanksgiving so I wanted to be able to access my work desktop from home just in case. Normally I just ssh and use terminals and such, but for some reason I decided I wanted a full desktop. I use Xubuntu at home and at the office, and there is no default VNC setup like there is with Ubuntu and Kubuntu. A couple of quick Google searches and I came across this post:
It pointed me in exactly the right direction. Just a few package differences for Xubuntu 9.10.
Here are the steps I used:
Install VNC Server and tools
$ sudo apt-get install x11vnc vnc4-common
Once the tools are installed, setup a password for the VNC server:
$ sudo vncpasswd /root/.vncpasswd
Install and configure xinetd
$ sudo apt-get install xinetd
Now, enable the vnc service via a new xinetd.conf using whatever text editor you like, I prefer vim.
$ sudo vim /etc/xinetd.d/x11vnc
port = 5900
type = UNLISTED
socket_type = stream
protocol = tcp
wait = no
user = root
server = /usr/bin/x11vnc
server_args = -inetd -o /var/log/x11vnc.log -display :0 -auth /var/lib/gdm/:0.Xauth -many -bg -rfbauth /root/.vncpasswd
disable = no
Finally, restart xinetd.conf:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/xinetd restart
You should now be able to connect with a VNC Viewer. Under Xubuntu I prefer the vinagre package.
$ sudo apt-get install vinagre
Thats it. Thanks much to Vincent for his initial post. This helped me tremendously.