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Old 08-13-2002, 10:13 AM   #1
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Linux app-server to server StarOffice to Windows Clients: Need advice


Posted this at a news group and got little response. I'm turning to you guys

The basic idea is to have a Dell Poweredge server run RH7.3 and serve StarOffice (somehow) to clients running whatever operating system. This seems easy enough considering that StarOffice has it's -net installation. However, my problem comes into using Windows as a client.

Currently, I am able to run StarOffice off the server on the Windows box by running CYGWIN (a unix environment for win32), running a X-Windows client on top of that, and then SSH'ing into the app-server and running StarOffice.... As you can see, this is a bit hackish and we want 'normal' people to run this.

My question is: Is there an easier way to serve StarOffice with Linux?

thanks

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Old 08-13-2002, 12:06 PM   #2
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There's a problem with Windows. You've got 3 options (maybe more, but now I see 3):
1) Cygwin as you're using it now.
2) Find another software to run Unix/Linux apps under Windows (like commercial exceed).
3) VNC and use OpenOffice by a web browser from your Windows clients.

I prefer the 3rd option. VNC is easy to configure. It's not perfect, but can do it's work well.
 
Old 08-13-2002, 01:06 PM   #3
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Thanks Mara. I really do appreciate the insight. I'm going to go check out VNC and it's options. OpenOffice is no big deal either, just as long as it's like Microsoft Office (which it is).

Thanks again!!

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Old 08-14-2002, 10:14 AM   #4
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Mara,

I just want to thank you again. VNC is amazing and works very well. Resolution and color depth is a little off, but I could just edit whatever scripts and such for that.

Thanks again!!!

-biosx
 
  


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