This is a quick instruction to connect a remote Linux desktop from a Windows desktop. If you are familiar with VNC, it must be very easy to start. It should work on Fedora Core 2 to 10.

  1. Download the following files
  2. [Fedora Core 2 Only] Install the libstdc++-3.4
     % rpm -Uvh libstdc++34-3.4.0-1.i386.rpm
  3. [Upgrading from version 0.6.5 and below] Remove compat-libwnck which is no longer needed on and after version 0.6.6.
     % rpm -e compat-libwnck
  4. Install the Linux version server by using RPM
    (In the case another vncserver is installed in your system, it will be replaced.)
     % rpm -Uvh metavnc-server-0.6.6-1.i386.rpm metavnc-wmon-0.6.6-1.i386.rpm
  5. Install the Win32 version viewer by launching the installer
     > metavnc-win32-0.6.6.exe
  6. [Fedora 10] Install X fonts
    On Fedora 10, the following fonts need to be installed.
     % yum install xorg-x11-fonts-75dpi xorg-x11-fonts-misc
  7. [Fedora 8 and later] Install and start X Font Server
    If X font server is not installed, install xfs.
     % yum install xfs
    Then, start the daemon.
     % /etc/init.d/xfs start
  8. Edit the ~/.vnc/xstartup
    For Fedora series, replace with the following.
    exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
  9. Start the Linux version server
    (It will display the hostname:displayno pair after "New 'X' desktop is ".)
     % vncserver
     New 'X' desktop is host:n
  10. Firewall Setting
    If Firewall is enabled, TCP port displayno+5900 needs to be opened.
  1. Launch the Win32 version viewer from the start menu.
     Start - All Programs - MetaVNC - MetaVNC Viewer
    Enter the hostname:displayno pair if VNC Server is asked.

That's all. Enjoy!

*1 This RPM seems to work on Fedora Core 1, too.

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Last-modified: 2009-01-04 (Sun) 15:14:00 (3303d)