x11vnc v. x0vncserver

I use a VNC server to access the GUI when an SSH terminal session doesn’t suffice.

Under Debian I’d been using x11vnc but it has been unstable under Arch.  Frequent buffer crashes, particularly when the whole screen changes or I right- or middle-click the mouse.  Annoying, and I hadn’t had any luck fixing it.

I have some interest in playing with FreeNX/NoMachine, but I haven’t found a portable Win* binary.

So I went back and took another pass at tigervnc, a tightvnc fork,  whose server binary on *nix is called x0vncserver.  The command line args are a bit different so I had to (gasp) read the man pages.

It was worth it.  the TigerVNC server is significantly faster than x11vnc.  I don’t have to run the blotchy 64-color palette to have decent response over my slow upload “broadband” ssh tunnel.  And no crashes no matter how I stress test it.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s