remote desktop alternative

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by federalists, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. federalists macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2004
    Mountain View, CA
    i'm looking for an alternative to apple's $300 remote desktop. essentially all i want is x window forwarding but with apple's apps. i want to see the screen on a remote computer. would vnc do this well? what about using traditional x11 forwarding? anything else i could use?
  2. jaseone macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    Houston, USA
    I think traditional x-forwarding would only work for X11 apps, VNC would let you remotely use your Mac as if you were sitting in front of it unlike Remote Desktop, which logs in as a separate user.

    What would be really cool would be if there was a version ofFreeNX Server available for OSX but there only seems to be a client available not the server component.
  3. lordmac macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2004
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Are you sure.

    Are you sure because I have a copy of Apple remote Desktop and when I use it it lets me see what some one is doing on the other computer as well as control that computer remotely and another of other functions as well. But while you are in control mode you can control just about anything that on that computer ( great for pranks). Its quite fun at school because I can totally confuse people with it by making there computer start doing things on their own. The Client is surprisingly small for such an expensive peice of software (3.3megabytes).
  4. federalists thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2004
    Mountain View, CA
    yeah, i know this would work. but unfortunately, i don't have $300 to run the server. can you just use the clients on each other? for example, can i put the client on my PB and my PM and connect to the PM via the client on the PB?
  5. maxvamp macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2002
    Somewhere out there
    I believe..

    I think you will find that ARC is VNC with some enhancements.

    I have setup VNC on my systems ( for free ) and they seem to work ok. I use Terminal services for connecting to Windows machines though... MUCH FASTER than VNC, but only allows connections to Windows boxes.

  6. solaris macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    I use VNC between my Mac (PowerBook) at home and my Windows computer at work.
    Running OSXvnc on my Mac, set to allow connection from local computer only. Remote Login (SSH) is also running.
    Then I set up a SSH tunnel from work to home, and run VNC trough it.

    That way I am getting a secure VNC connection between the computers.
    Recommended! :D

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