Thanks for your prompt reply Glider: Yes I have installed x11vnc. My current setup is that I am applying the tutorial to Xubuntu 8.04 in hopes of setting up a server for my small home network. I want to be able to access it from my laptop during the day while I'm at college. The frustrating thing is that I dearly want to learn and be comfortable with linux and not be totally dependent on Windows. my home network is : two self-built desktops each running Xp Pro; Compaq V6110us laptop dual-boot with Xp Pro/ Vista Business ; an old Dell inspiron (I would like to make into a hardware firewall/router that would come later) and the Xubuntu file server. I also plan to setup another server to hold a small family web-site for family photos and also act as a bulletin board .