Open a terminal window.
There are two ways to access your Linux computer remotely. Secure Shell (SSH) provides access to a text-based terminal window. Virtual Network Computing (VNC) allows you to access the graphical desktop. The OpenSSH and VNC software is available through most Linux software repositories.
Install the OpenSSH server and client software. If you are using Ubuntu, type the command "sudo apt-get install openssh-server openssh-client". If you are using Fedora or CentOS, type the command "yum install openssh-server openssh-client". The SSH server is ready to be used as soon as it is installed.
Type the command "ssh user_name@IP_address" on another computer to access a terminal window on your computer. Replace "user_name" with your user name. Replace "IP_address" with the IP address of your computer.
Download and install the VNC servers software. If you are using Fedora or CentOS, type the command "yum install vnc-server". If you are using Ubuntu, type the command "sudo apt-get install vnc4server".
Type the command "vncpasswd" to set a password for the VNC server.
Edit the "~/.vnc/xstartup" file and uncomment the following two lines:
Type the command "vncserver start" to start the VNC server.
Type "IP_Address:1" in the VNC viewer on another computer to access the desktop of your computer. Replace "IP_address" with the IP address of your computer.
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