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How to use Apple Remote Desktop from Ubuntu

Apple Remote Desktop

Need to access your Mac from your Linux desktop? While Apple Remote Desktop software might be compatible with VNC, anyone who’s tried to use a regular VNC client will know it doesn’t work. Here’s how to fix it.

First, the Mac:

  • Open Finder and click System Preferences
  • Under Internet & Network, open Sharing
  • Enable Apple Remote Desktop. Then Access Privileges
  • Enable VNC viewers may Control the screen with password, and then pop in a password.

Then on Ubuntu:

  • Click System → Administration → Synaptic Package Manager
  • Install the tsclient and xtightvncviewer packages
  • Uninstall the xvnc4viewer package (for Ubuntu 7.10) or the xvncviewer package (Ubuntu 7.06).This is the important part – Apple Remote Desktop isn’t compatible with regular VNC. Uninstalling it makes Ubuntu prefer the alternative Tight VNC version (which uses a compression that works with Apple Remote Desktop).
  • Click Applications → Internet → Terminal Server Client
  • Under Computer type the IP address of the Mac, select VNC as the protocol and click Connect.
  • If all goes well, a window will pop up in the top left of your screen asking for a password, and you’ll be connected to your Mac.

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