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Raspberry Pi, 2nd Edition by Maik Schmidt

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Share Desktops with the Pi

Logging into the Pi using SSH is convenient and opens a new world of possibilities. For example, you can access the Pi’s file system, start and stop processes, and monitor what’s happening on the Pi at the moment. The biggest disadvantage of the SSH solution so far is that it only works in a text terminal.

You can easily overcome this limitation and control the Pi’s desktop, keyboard, and mouse using another computer. One solution is Virtual Network Computing (VNC),[68] a technology that transmits the whole screen and all mouse and keyboard events from one computer to another.

To enable VNC, you need a VNC client and server. The server runs on the machine you’d like to control, and the client runs on the controlling ...

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