Debian in Action: Virtual Network Computing

September 15th, 1998

Marcus Brinkmann <> has written an article about Virtual Network Computing. The article is available in German and English at (dead link).

We would like to thank Tom Schwaller and the German magazine, Linux Magazin, for permission to make a translation of the article available.

What is Virtual Network Computing?

Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is, in essence, a remote display system which allows you to view a computing desktop environment not only on the machine where it is running, but from anywhere on the Internet and from a wide variety of machine architectures. [1] Debian packages are available for this program, and are included in the 2.0 Hamm distribution under the name vncserver with xvncviewer and svncviewer dependencies.

VNC: When Dreams Become Real

Virtual Network Computing

When Dreams Become Real [Wenn Träume wahr werden]
by Marcus Brinkmann

Isn't it annoying to continually have to switch back and forth between Linux and Microsoft Windows? Or to have to run back and forth between two computers? Those who thought that up until now the only solution to this problem was an expensive X-Server for their Windows machine can now take a deep breath. The recently available VNC (Virtual Network Computing) provides a comfortable alternative, and much more!

For the full original text, in German, see [URL no longer valid]
[translated from German. August 25, 1998 nl]

[1] VNC web page [was - no longer relevant and replaced here on January 4, 2008]