Network settings

Connect to the local network and WIFI

The Linutop OS uses Network Manager to handle connections to the local network. This tool can be accessed in the notification zone of the panel, on the bottom right corner of the screen:

A right click on the icon will let you configure the connection.

A left click on the icon will show a list of available devices. If you have WiFi hardware, discovered networks will appear. Click on the one you want to use, and the connection will be enabled. If needed, a passphrase will be prompted.

How to configure a VNC remote access

Configure the remote access

The Linutop OS can be accessed remotely if it is connected to a network. The remote access is disabled by default. To enable it, open the Linutop Configuration Panel, go to the Network tab, and click the Configure the remote access service button.

A new dialog will appear, in which you'll be able to setup a few things:

It is highly recommended to request a password for remote access, by checking the corresponding box.

The buttons on the right column will let you manage the remote access service without rebooting the system.

Click on the Quit button when you are done.

Access the Linutop OS

The remote access uses the VNC protocol.

You will need two things to access the Linutop OS:

  • the Linutop OS IP address
  • a VNC viewer

The Linutop OS IP address is available in the About tab of the Linutop Configuration Panel:

A VNC client for Windows™ can be downloaded on the RealVNC website. Install the application and execute it. The IP address of the Linutop OS will be prompted in the Server field. Set it and click Ok:

If you set one, the password will also be prompted. Type it and click OK:

A new window will open, displaying the content of the Linutop OS desktop.

Sharing data

Accessing Windows™ shares

Access to Windows™ shared folders can be done in several ways.


Open your home directory by double clicking the Documents desktop icon. On the panel, select Network menu.

Access to other shared data

You can install the Gigolo from the package manager to access various types of servers (FTP, SSH, WebDAV, ...).

Share folders from the Linutop OS (PC only)

The Samba allows to share folders from your Linutop system. It is installed by default and you can configure it from the Linutop configuration pannel.

Connect via SSH (terminal connection)

The SSH allows to access remotely to your computer with a terminal. You can start the ssh server via the configuration panel.

Fixed IP configuration for PC

On PC Linutop OS can be configured in fixed IP with the file /etc/network/interfaces.

auto lo
iface eth0 inet static


Sample configuration of the file : /etc/network/interfaces

To edit the file you can use the command in a terminal:

sudo gedit /etc/network/interfaces

Fixed IP configuration for RaspberryPi

Raspberry Pi Linutop OS can also be configured in fixed IP by Wifi or Ethernet.

However, this tutorial is only compatible with Rasbian Jessie or Strech.

To edit the file, you can use this command in a terminal:

sudo gedit /etc/dhcpcd.conf

If you want to use an ethernet configuration, add this at the end of the file:

interface eth0
static ip_address=
static routers=
static domain_name_servers=

For Wifi, replace the first line with:

interface wlan0

Note: domain_name_servers (DNS) can be a external adress

Then restart the system.

To check the different network interfaces: