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Old 08-31-2004, 02:47 PM   #1
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remote desktop on any windows computer


is there any way to set up a linux computer so that you can remote desktop onto it from any windows computer? i want to be able to remote desktop into my slackware computer from anywhere on my schools network without having to download software on each windows machine
 
Old 08-31-2004, 02:56 PM   #2
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You could use VNC. It also has an embeded web viewer that you can use with any java enabled browser.
 
Old 08-31-2004, 02:59 PM   #3
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If you just want a console, I carry a copy of PuTTY www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/ on a usb flash drive, you can then connect via ssh. You may be able to the same with VNC, but you would have quite a bit of a delay unless you have some speedy upload from your house.
 
Old 08-31-2004, 07:07 PM   #4
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A word of warning about VNC: it doesn't show your desktop. What I mean by this is that if you login to your Linux box locally (ie you're at the keyboard) and you open an app and leave it running, it won't appear on your VNC screen. Creates a "new screen" (sort-of like how WinXP does the whole user-switching thing, but different) that is not accessible locally but only with a VNC connection. If you wanted to be able to leave an app running on one screen, and then connect to that screen over a network/internet then VNC perhaps isn't for you. You could try SSH forwarding of X, however I've never done this so I can't comment on it's ease or usefulness.
 
Old 09-01-2004, 11:04 AM   #5
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I do what Thymox is referring to, forwarding X back to your computer, but this requires that you have an X server on the windows computer you are sitting at. I have not tried running one from a flash drive. I would guess that there is a free windows X server that is not too bulky. At work we use ReflectionX and Hummingbird.
 
Old 09-01-2004, 05:02 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by Thymox
A word of warning about VNC: it doesn't show your desktop.
This was actually added with the release of version 4 by adding a new driver to XFree86. There are also another 2 methods but they are more cpu intensive. See:
http://realvnc.com/v4/x0.html
 
  


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