I'm learning to use VNC viewer for remote connection to server. VNC viewer is successfully connects to server, but here is how remote desktop looks like

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I have already tried to uncomment two strings is xstartap file:

# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

and tried to use kde, but without any result. Any ideas how to make normal desktop?

  • What distro and version is running on the remote server? what is your "normal desktop"? How exactly did you try to use kde, and what happened? Feb 21, 2020 at 14:37
  • Back when I was a student, we used to walk uphill through the snow to get a desktop like that. Kids today.
    – Kenster
    Feb 21, 2020 at 16:15

1 Answer 1


I think you are looking for a default xsession over vnc (the same one you would get if you would login on the host via the display-manager.

You can achieve this by installing Xvnc on the remote host. What this does is execute the X-server with a virtual display served over vnc. You'll see the display manager in your vnc session first when you connect to the remote host, and can login to your "normal desktop" (i.e. the one configured to be run by your display manager) from there.



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