VNC Guide

VNC is a "remote desktop" system that allows one computer (the client) to control another computer (the server) using a graphical interface. This is handy if you want to monitor some GUIs like rviz without connecting a monitor to the NUC. We've already installed a vnc server package on the NUC. Here's how to use it:

  1. Start the VNC server on the NUC with the command

    It should return something like

    New 'X' desktop is team0:1
    Starting applications specified in /home/maslab/.vnc/xstartup
    Log file is /home/maslab/.vnc/team0:1.log

    which means the VNC server is running on the background under display number 1 (the :1 part).

  2. Download a VNC client (I've been using the free VNC viewer software). Connect to your VNC server by entering the NUC's IP addresses followed by the colon and display number:
    <IP address>:<display number>

    You should have to enter your password, it may still be balsam if you haven't changed it. You may get a warning about an unencrypted connection but this shouldn't really be a concern unless you somehow have really sensitive info on your NUC.

  3. When you're done with vnc, kill the server with
    vncserver -kill :1

    or whatever display number is still running.