Enable GDM on OpenSUSE VNC

OpenSuSE as viewed from a Vista box
OpenSuSE as viewed from a Vista box

OpenSUSE is a different beast than the FreeBSD I know and love. It seems that in order to run the Desktop Environment of your choice, you do not edit the /home/.vnc/xstartup file. That would be too easy… It seems that Gnome runs its own implementation of VNC; it uses vino-server for remote desktop services. This is evident if you run a netstat -ap – check it out:

Vino-server/Xvnc
Vino-server/Xvnc

Anywho, it seems that the easiest way to configure this is to utilize the “Remote Desktop” applet included in SUSE’s application browser and Control Center. This will allow you to run a GDM desktop over VNC. It seems that this vino-server takes control over the gnome-session manager, and will not let other programs execute it. Good luck!

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