How to connect to an Ubuntu server?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Zearin, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. Zearin macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2008
    Eastern U.S.
    The computers are a 1st gen MacBook and a 24″ iMac. Both run running Snow Leopard.

    I want to connect to a web server running Ubuntu 10. I can already successfully SSH into the server. No problems there.

    But what I really want to do is get some kind of screen sharing going.

    I know that there's a nifty thing called X11 forwarding that looks like it could do the trick. But so far, I haven't been able to get it to work successfully. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that all the instructions I've found so far seemed to be geared towards people who know way more about the command line than I do.

    I'm comfy following instructions when it comes to the command line, but I don't really know how to troubleshoot anything if it doesn't work as expected. And although I have tweaked settings in several .profile (or .bash_profile or .whatever) files, I have almost no understanding of the order or circumstances in which they are loaded.

    Anybody know how I could get some screen sharing with an Ubuntu server going?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If all you want is screen sharing, why bother with SSH and X11? Just use a VNC client.

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