A little while back, Ubuntu made a subtle change that broke Desktop Sharing to Mac computers. I keep a headless server upstairs to serve media files across my network, so screen sharing is essential to manage the server. However, when Ubuntu made their change – requiring encryption on the VNC connection – Macs lost the ability to connect.

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Tux, the Linux mascotI’ve been playing around with Crunchbang Linux for the last few days. I had a low spec old server lying around the house and wanted to see if it would perform better with a lightweight Linux distribution. The machine had been struggling under the latest Ubuntu 11.10, so I scrubbed it and installed Crunchbang.

The problem being that the machine runs in the attic office and doesn’t have a screen or keyboard, so remote access is essential. But Crunchbang doesn’t seem to come with a default remote desktop server, so we have to install one for ourselves.

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