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I have a Mac Mini without a display and I'd like to remote control it, including desktop sharing, from a Linux machine.

My goal is to use XCode on the Mac Mini for iOS development.

What are my options besides VNC ?

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Is VNC off the table for some reason? – JoshP Sep 17 '12 at 20:30

There is a TeamViewer for Mac and of course for Windows/Linux/Mobile.

You can consider log-me-in for an alternative.

And, if you're able to run Google Chrome browser on both, there is also a share-desktop plugin in beta tests available right now.

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What do you mean by remote control? If you just want to launch applications and see the ouput on your linux mchine use ssh:

$ ssh -Y user@mac.local

The -Y option enables X forwarding. Any GUI application launched from the ssh session will run on the mac but be displayed on your local screen. From the ssh man page:

-Y       Enables trusted X11 forwarding.  Trusted X11 forwardings are not
         subjected to the X11 SECURITY extension controls.
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OP specifically asked for desktop sharing. While your answer is correct in some type of "sharing" it doesn't do what the question asked - a GUI share. – Rich Homolka Sep 17 '12 at 20:38
@RichHomolka For the stated goal of using "XCode on the Mac Mini for iOS development" ssh -Y works fine. No desktop sharing, granted, but since vnc was out I thought a simple solution might be enough :). – terdon Sep 17 '12 at 23:14
@terdon - Xcode is a GUI application - how do you run that via ssh? – Mark Sep 17 '12 at 23:51
@Mark - By using the Y option as suggested by my answer. – terdon Sep 18 '12 at 1:36
@terdon to add to the scroll :) this looks like X11, I think XCode is a standard app, not X11. Have you tested this to see if it works? – Rich Homolka Sep 18 '12 at 2:38

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