Ubuntu can control an OS X machine remotely, using the Terminal Server Client program that comes with Gnome.
Setting up the Mac to be Accessed Remotely
On the Mac:
- Open System Preferences (it's in the Apple menu)
- Open the "Sharing" panel
- Check the box Apple Remote Desktop
- Click Access Privileges
- Check the box VNC viewers may control screen with password, and enter a password
- Click OK
Setting up Ubuntu to Access the Mac
On Ubuntu: Ubuntu requires the following procedure to be done once to ensure the correct 'Tight VNC' protocol is used to access the Mac, rather than regular VNC, which won't work. If VNC is used, the connection will fail with an 'Unknown message type 255 from VNC server' response.
- Click System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager
- Install the xtightvncviewer package
- Click Applications > Accessories > Terminal
- In the terminal type:
sudo update-alternatives --set vncviewer /usr/bin/xtightvncviewer
Accessing the Mac From Ubuntu
- Click Applications > Internet > Terminal Server Client
- For Computer, type in the host name of the computer
For Protocol, choose VNC. Then click 'Connect'. A password dialog will pop up. Type your password and hit enter. Your Mac's desktop should appear on your screen.
- xvnc4viewer: only with -FullColour, but very slow:
xvnc4viewer -FullColour macserver