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Let's say instead of installing a vnc I want to use X11 forwarding with ssh. The problem is X11 forwarding doesn't show the current desktop; it only shows you new graphical windows.

How can I use X11 forwarding to view the current desktop?

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No, X11 forwarding does not show the desktop. It forwards just the applications windows to your local display. You can't forward whole desktop environment easily by standard ssh -X pi.

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Unfortunately X forwarding is not designed to be like VNC. But: There may be a solution with FreeNX from NoMachine. Unfortunately I am just starting to find out how. OpenNX may give what you need.

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