Remote access with Linux
There are a few options to remotely control a Linux system, either text-based or a fully graphical desktop. Here is a quick overview:
Recommended login methods
- SSH provides a simple but secure text-based login, like telnet once did. It can be used to type shell commands, transfer files, transfer X11 Window data, or other traffic through the same secure channel.
- NoMachine NX
- The NoMachine NX technology is a fast and reliable remote desktop solution. Suitable for connecting over the Internet, and even able to speed up RDP (Windows remote desktop).
- The X11 window system is the foundation for all graphical applications on Linux. It supports remote desktop out of the box, though it requires a LAN to get decent speed. A remote X11 connection can be set up with SSH or through a XDMCP login session.
- VNC is commonly supported across platforms, but it's really slow. In Linux, a VNC server can run stand-alone, or started on request using xinetd and XDMCP.