Fedora uses a program called Virtual Networking Computing (VNC) to facilitate remote desktop sharing. Therefore, the remote viewer must use VNC as well. The Microsoft Windows operating system uses the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) protocol by default; therefore, a third party client must be used if connecting from Windows. Apple’s OS X uses VNC by default.
To activate desktop sharing, selectÂ System > Preferences > Internet and Network > Remote Desktop from the user menu. This opens theÂ Remote Desktop Preferences window:
The following procedure describes the most secure method to share a desktop:
- UnderÂ Sharing, tick the box labeledÂ Allow other users to view your desktop.
- Next, tick the box next toÂ Allow other users to control your desktop.
- Make a note of the command listed underÂ Users can view your desktop using this command:
- UnderÂ Security, tick the box next toÂ Ask you for confirmation.
- Next, checkÂ Require the user to enter this password and enter a password. This should not be your account’s password; pick a new password that you will only reveal to the remote viewer.
- Finally, click on theÂ [Close] button.
Be sure to inform the person performing remote technical support/viewing the command from step three, as well as the assigned password. When the person connects to your desktop, click on the[Yes] button when asked for confirmation.
Once the remote viewing feature is no longer needed, turn off desktop sharing by completing the following:
- SelectÂ System > Preferences > Internet and Network > Remote Desktop
- Uncheck theÂ Allow other users to view your desktop box
- Click on theÂ [Close] button.
This turns off the remote desktop sharing feature.