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N_A_J_M 09-28-2004 08:46 PM

vnc to linux box from windows
This has probably been answered before, but is quite hard to search on...

does anyone know a way i can see my linux box's desktop from my windows machine? - the whole reason i want to do this is i have a webcam installed on my linux box which is positioned to see who is at the door, so when someone knocks i want to see who it is before i open it... so with that said, i have always got xawtv running on my linux box.


p.s i have tried using gnomemeeting but this has issues with netmeeting...

trickykid 09-28-2004 08:59 PM

Like your Subject said, VNC should work with no problems, setup the server on Linux, fire off the VNC server and then use the viewer from Windows.. or setup rdesktop on them..

N_A_J_M 09-28-2004 11:48 PM

awesome...yeah thats what i di i installed x11vnc...

can it handle multiple client connections... the reason i ask is because the whole point of this is to see who is knocking at the door, and there are 3 of us who would like to see who it is.


theonebeyond 09-28-2004 11:57 PM

I know, this is not what you have asked for ... but your trying seems a bit, .... different from what I would do. I think vnc is way to big for this task ...

Why don't you fire up apache on the linux box and put the image to a local website on it? So you get rid of VNC and can access webcam easily ... even from a Mac ... got my point?

Greetings, Sascha

doublejoon 09-30-2004 11:13 PM

works for me

N_A_J_M 10-03-2004 08:01 PM

I have got this box working... auto logging in and starting X which starts xawtv and vnc....

but you all know what us linux people are like!

I have never played with apache...

i was wondering if someone might explain theonebeyond's solution above for me?
how would i post the realtime camera image to a webpage? ie: what sort of plugin would i use etc??


theonebeyond 10-03-2004 11:36 PM


just grab some software, that can grab a single frame from your webcam (have a quick look at freshmeat, I'm sure you will find somethink there).

Then, for example, make a cronjob or write a timed script, in which you grab a frame from the cam and place it in /var/www/htdocs ... or where apache looks for its documents. Then simply make a website, that only displays the image and the date and time if you like ... or you coulkd access the image directly with something like: http://your-ip/webcam.jpg

The other way, but much more complicated would be a little cgi-script, that captures a frame from the cam; but I am not sure if this is possible... due to security settings of apache or perl or something...

If you are not satisfied with webcam images... you would propably need some kind of streaming software ... like all pro's on the internet use ... but I am sorry... I have never dealt with that before ...

HopŘe I could help you a little, little bit :-)


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