TeamViewer – Best Desktop Sharing App for Linux

Have you ever had to help someone with their computer over the phone or using text chat? It’s not easy. You can’t be sure that they are in the right place, doing what you want them to do. That’s why remote desktop (screen) sharing applications are so great.

These applications are called by a variety of names such as, remote access, remote support, remote desktop, screen sharing, and desktop sharing. The main idea behind them is that they allow one computer to see another computer’s screen over a network or the internet.

My wife and I have many friends and relatives that come to us for PC help and advice. We’ve used a number of desktop sharing apps over the years and discovered that TeamViewer is one of the best, and it’s free!

Since I’ve been spending a lot of time using Linux lately, I was happy to find that TeamViewer is also available for Linux, as well as Windows, Mac and Smartphones. It’s almost as good as being there, because I can control the remote computer as if I were sitting directly in front of it. When I need to, I can change the direction to show my PC’s screen to the other person. It even makes it easy to share files with the person on the other end.

This image below shows how simple it is to set up. (click image to enlarge it)

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  • Eugene

    It’s also possible to use Ammyy Admin as a quite good and free alternative to teamviewer.

  • Eugene

    TeamViewer seems quite simple to use. It’s quite good, but not perfect.

    One can say one it’s hard to find a better software except
    Ammyy Admin that can really beat TeamViewer from the point of quick connection to a remote PC. It needs only half of a minute to start a session which is crucial for successful help desk service.

    Moreover the latter is free for private use, and business license looks much affordable than TeamViewer one.

  • Janet

    Try RHUB remote support appliance ( It runs on windonws, Mac and Linux in view-only mode