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logmein for ubuntuLogMeIn for Ubuntu is a great software for remote access and desktop control. However, it doesn’t work with all its powers on Ubuntu or other Linux systems. There is a LogMeIn plug-in for Linux LogMeIn For Linux: Access Your LogMeIn Computers Remotely From A Linux PC LogMeIn For Linux: Access Your LogMeIn Computers Remotely From A Linux PC Read More but it’s been in pre-release for years and there is no word about it reaching fruition anytime soon.

Surely one needs remote access every now and then. So what options do Linux users have when wanting to access their computer remotely? Here are a few options.

TeamViewer

TeamViewer is one of the best, if not the best, remote access option for Windows. Guess what? They now support Linux as well. TeamViewer for Linux is still a beta product, but it works just fine, far better than running TeamViewer under Wine and it does everything that you have become familiar with TeamViewer on Windows.

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Using TeamViewer can’t be easier. You download a package for your distribution and double click to install. At present there are packages available for Ubuntu Ubuntu 10.04 - An Extremely Simple Operating System [Linux] Ubuntu 10.04 - An Extremely Simple Operating System [Linux] Read More , Fedora Fedora 12 - A Visually-Pleasing, Highly-Configurable Linux Distro You Might Want To Try Fedora 12 - A Visually-Pleasing, Highly-Configurable Linux Distro You Might Want To Try Read More , Suse openSUSE 11.2 - A Linux System Perfect For New Users and Pros Alike openSUSE 11.2 - A Linux System Perfect For New Users and Pros Alike Read More and Mandriva Mandriva Linux 2010 - Perhaps The Best Linux Release All Year Mandriva Linux 2010 - Perhaps The Best Linux Release All Year Read More . In addition you can also download the tarball and then compile and install on your computer the old fashioned way. Once installed, fire it up and you are ready to rock!

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Teamviewer takes a moment or two to initialize when you start it up. Once initialized, TeamViewer UI displays an ID and a password. These are the credentials you (or anyone else) needs in order to gain remote access to the computer. The ID of a computer remains the same, while the password is regenerated every time. You can however set a user defined password that doesn’t change and can be used to access your computer remotely anytime.

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In addition to the above, you can also

  • record sessions.
  • adjust screen quality to optimize performance or view quality.
  • create blacklists and whitelists to always deny or always accept requests from certain users.
  • tweak and specify precisely what remote users would be able to do on your computer.

TeamViewer also makes it easy to transfer files between the connected computers and can also support VOIP if need be.

VNC

The other option is to use remote desktop over VNC. While VNC is not as feature rich as TeamViewer or LogMeIn, it is readily available on Ubuntu. All you need is an IP address and optionally a password to be able to connect to a computer via VNC.

In Ubuntu you need to enable remote desktop connection. Open System > Preferences > Remote Desktop and place a check against “Allow other users to view your desktop“. Optionally you may also specify a password that would be required to access the computer remotely via VNC.

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There are a number of clients available that allow you to connect to a VNC server. You can find out more about them here Ubuntu Remote Desktop: Built-In, VNC Compatible & Dead Easy Ubuntu Remote Desktop: Built-In, VNC Compatible & Dead Easy Read More .

Free NX

Yet another way to access your computer remotely is to use NX. You would need a FreeNX server on the machine that you want to be able to connect to remotely. You can use the freenx-team ppa to install freeNX on your computer. It is a bit more involved to set up on earlier versions of Ubuntu. This Ubuntu Help page has more step by step instructions for different versions of Ubuntu.

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NX clients are available for Windows, Linux, Mac and Solaris systems that let you connect to a computer running a NX server. You can download the one for your computer here.

LogMeIn is a great tool to access your computers remotely and perform a number of other useful tasks. While the above mentioned alternatives don’t offer each and every feature offered by LogMeIn, they certainly come close. TeamViewer is arguably even better than LogMeIn. In any case if it is remote desktop access you are looking for all three of the above have you covered. If you want something a little more feature rich, try TeamViewer.

Have any suggestions to add to the list? Share them with us in the comments below.

  1. Timothy LePes
    November 19, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Though VNC has end-to-end free/libre open-souce components, licence status is not discussed with any of these. To my knowledge, TeamViewer is proprietary. And though FreeNX is based on the open-source nxserver and nxproxy agents by NoMachine, the client piece is not Free/Libre software. It is freeware (free as in beer) but closed source and proprietary code from NoMachine. Why is licensing left out of the discussion? What other options are there? I have heard of xrdp and X2Go, among others. Also, no mention of the performance of the various protocols in use is discussed.

  2. Dominic Messenger
    June 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    The problem with all of these is that they are not equivalents to LogMeIn, which allows you to access a remote PC through any firewall, which as far as I can tell, TeamViewer, FreeNX and VNC certainly don't.
    Are there any LogMeIn type services (which broker the connection between the caller and callee) available with Linux/Ubuntu servers and/or clients?

  3. Dominic Messenger
    June 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    The problem with all of these is that they are not equivalents to LogMeIn, which allows you to access a remote PC through any firewall, which as far as I can tell, TeamViewer, FreeNX and VNC certainly don't.
    Are there any LogMeIn type services (which broker the connection between the caller and callee) available with Linux/Ubuntu servers and/or clients?

    • George Burnett III
      July 23, 2010 at 10:59 pm

      I have to agree with Dominic on this one... The reason that LogMeIn is such a wonderful option is that it does not require a user to be on the other end to type in a session code (TeamViewer) and it doesn't require you to open a port on a firewall (VNC). The questions becomes... What solutions are there for someone who has 5 or 10 machines they want instant access to remotely that run Linux? Anybody have an answer to this?

  4. Constantin Falcoianu
    May 25, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Thanks for this article from TeamViewer. We were very glad to receive such a great review and such positive feedback on the Linux version.

    All the best,
    Constantin Falcoianu
    TeamViewer GmbH

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  5. Constantin Falcoianu
    May 25, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Thanks for this article from TeamViewer. We were very glad to receive such a great review and such positive feedback on the Linux version.

    All the best,
    Constantin Falcoianu
    TeamViewer GmbH

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  6. Monica
    May 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Team Viewer is a great option. I use it from the past few years now and it simply works wonderfully well :)

  7. Darez
    May 20, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    wow thanks a lot for posting about this!
    I read a lot of good about TeamViewer but never dared to dream they would support Linux.
    This news really makes my week, maybe even month :)

  8. Darez
    May 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    wow thanks a lot for posting about this!
    I read a lot of good about TeamViewer but never dared to dream they would support Linux.
    This news really makes my week, maybe even month :)

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