After a long day's fight...
I am well on my way now... I have got an actual desktop going!
it seems that the xinitrc script does not assign the window manager to the vnc desktop.
so I tried this:
twm -display linuxbox:1
I cranked up vncviewer on my desktop machine and was able to patch in.
Fabulous. From there I was able to get window maker (wmaker -display linuxbox:1) to run.
I ran into a bit of a problem with Gnome however.
I found a solution, but it isn't the greatest. I think that it would require you to telnet to the box (or actually be on the server itself to initiate this).
(vncserver kicks off and starts an X session on the first available desktop ie linuxbox:1)
then, you go back to the desktop, and patch in.
Did I mention that the "gnome-session --display=linuxbox:1" doesn't work from an Xterm window while you are in a window managed environment (gnome, kde)? I have to Ctrl-Alt-F1 (or any other combo for a terminal) and log in, start the vncserver (if you haven't already), and then give the gnome-session command. It seems that I cannot get the virtual desktop to be gnome unless I do this...
however, I was able to launch gnome for the vncserver another way... I ran startkde from a command line while in gnome, and RH8 puts a second panel for K and the KDE above the gnome panel. I logged out of KDE. Then I ran the gnome-session command from a prompt.
This all seems like a lot of work.
Any ideas on how to shorten it? or, is the telnet initiation cycle that I described the best way to accomplish this?