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Remote Control your Ubuntu Linux using Android - Gmote

Gmote turns your Android phone into a remote control for your computer, allowing you to start and control movies and music at a distance. It supports all of the standard remote control features such as play, pause, rewind, volume controls etc.  It also has a built-in file browser that lets you view the files that are on your computer and select what you want to play. It's great if you want to sit back while watching a DVD, or control the flow of songs in your favorite playlist. 

Gmote can also be used as a wireless Touchpad and keyboard, allowing you to control your computer at distance. Another great feature available in Gmote is the ability to stream music from your computer to your phone!

Setting up the Gmote Server:
The Gmote Server requires the Java JVM version 1.6 or higher.
To determine your java version, go to terminal and type 'java -version'.
You can download the latest JVM from http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp

On the computer you wish to control, download and install the appropriate package for your Ubuntu Linux system - here, after successful installation, open the terminal and type following command:
tar -zxvf GmoteServerLinux2.0.0.tar.gz
cd GmoteServerLinux2.0.0/
./GmoteServer.sh
On starting you'll see a password prompt. This allows you to set a password so that only you can connect to the server from your phone. You'll be asked to enter this password once on the phone as well. You can change your password later by right clicking on the Gmote server icon (task bar) and selecting 'Change password'.

Finally Gmore server will get started on port 8889, make sure to adjust your firewall rules accordingly to allow connection on port 8889.

Setting up the Gmote Client:
The installation process for client is fairly simple. From your Android handset, download and install the Gmote client.

Finally, launch Gmote from your phone, select the server to connect to, and you are done! Happy Gmoting :)


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