Big Cat to the Rescue

Charly's Column – Tiger VNC

Article from Issue 224/2019

Sys admin columnist Charly enumerates the computers in his household and makes it clear that commuting between them would be an unreasonable burden on his personal energy balance. Instead he lets a tiger go the distance for him.

My powerful Linux workstation is in my study up in the attic, because its fan would unnecessarily heat up my living room. The family PC is quiet; it's in the small hobby corner along with a couple of half-finished Lego sets, a few Raspberry Pis, a laptop, and a MIDI controller, which I dabble with for relaxation. Then there are the two small test servers in the storeroom next to the kitchen where I try out software before I write about it.

SSH prevents me from burning too many calories when running between the dispersed machines. But if I want to show a host's whole desktop, then it's time for Virtual Network Computing (VNC). To access all of these machines, I recently checked out Tiger VNC [1]. On the workstation in my study, I typed the following command for quick installation:

sudo apt install tigervnc-standalone-server tigervnc-xorg-extension


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