Tested on Wheezy Beta and Raspbian distros.
I’m having fun and being a bit silly with tightvnc here. You can even use it to have a GUI for your Raspberry Pi from your Android phone. 8-)
TightVNC is a compact remote desktop application you can use with the Raspberry Pi. Stewart Watkiss has written an excellent explanation of how to install and configure it. I’m going to cover the basics, but for more detail visit his PenguinTutor VNC page
Install TightVNC on your Pi
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tightvncserver
That takes care of the installation. Now we need to start the vnc server…
You will need a login password, but don’t bother setting up a view only password. You will have to type the above command every time you reboot unless you add it to the startup. Stewart covers that at the PenguinTutor VNC page.
Install Client App
Now you’ll need a client app for your other device(s). For windows, I got mine from http://www.tightvnc.com. For my Android phone I installed androidvnc (free – AND ad-free too) from google play.
On the windows version you don’t need to set up the server unless you want to – just the client part is enough.
I’m currently away from base and don’t have my nice HD TV/monitor to plug the Pi into. I do have my laptop, some speakers, my Pi and a wireless network though. That’s enough. As long as you can get both devices networked, you can VNC into your Pi and do pretty much everything you would be able to do without the need for another monitor.
Video of Chuckie Egg on PC and Reversi on Android phone. On Android, this chews through your battery very quickly. Be warned. Lots of fun to be had, but it’s doubtful you’ll get much sophisticated work done through Android because the touch interface makes it much harder than with a keyboard. (Look how many times I tried to close the Reversi window. For example, there’s no way I could have played Chuckie Egg on Android without some kind of bluetooth keyboard.
Most of my posts are rather educational. On this occasion I thought a little more fun was in order. Hope you enjoyed it. ;-)