Remote Desktop with SSH Tunneling

Screenshot from 2014-11-04 16:54:14

One of my client’s requirement is to have a Ubuntu server with a Desktop Environment. Once in a while he will call me up to look at some problem he is having with one of his GUI based application. Its not always possible for me to be physically be there to see what the problem is, so I use a trick that have saved me many times in the past. Its simply a remote desktop with SSH Tunneling, its very simple and easy to set it up. As the name suggest you will need SSH access for this to work.

First you will have to install x11vnc on the remote desktop that you are trying to log in to sudo apt-get install x11vnc and then create a tunnel using SSH ssh user@ip_address -L 5900:localhost:5900 "x11vnc -display :0 -noxdamage" now you can use a VNC client like ‘Remote Desktop Viewer’ to connect to localhost:5900 and you should be able to access your remote desktop. The quality of the display may or may not be ideal but its still simpler and quicker than setting up 100 firewall rules for a VNC server or setting up teamviewer.

Give it a try and let me know how it went.

New Poll: How do you feel about NSA revelations by Edward Snowden?

NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden recently commented on how he feels that his mission has been accomplished. He said that he didn’t want to directly change the government, he wanted to give the public the information in order for them to make a choice. Now it is up to the citizens of the respective countries to decide whether they want to live in the status qua or they are going to start a movement for change.

I agree with Snowden on this. Before NSA revelations we only had a vague understanding on how deep the spying rabbit hole goes, thanks to Snowden, now the picture is much more clear. But there is also a group of people who honestly believes that the recent revelations shouldn’t come as a surprise to people who cared about privacy in the first place. There is a long history of NSA and other spy agencies spying on their citizens that has been made public in the past and nothing has changed since then.

Either way, I would love to know what you think. Started a new poll. If you are reading this from RSS, you will have to go to the site to view the poll on the sidebar. Feel free to share your opinion in the comment section.

Geeky Quote #11

What schools should refuse to do is teach dependence. Those corporations offer free samples to schools for the same reason tobacco companies distribute free cigarettes to minors: to get children addicted. They will not give discounts to these students once they’ve grown up and graduated.

- Richard Stallman

Better Font rendering is coming to Chrome (windows)

Font rendering on windows has always been ugly, esp if compare it to Mac-OS or default font rendering on Ubuntu. Its horrible feeling when you have to work on a Mac at your work and if you come back to you windows machine and have to look at that horrible windows font rendering. It takes a bit of time to get used to it and can be a distraction. Since the font rendering engine on an OS is usually universal it effects every single program you use. Some application authors bypass this by stuffing custom rendering engine within the program, which can be a general pain in the butt for the developers/designers. But this is what Google seems to be doing with Chrome, or at least testing out the idea on their Canary builds.

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