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Old 09-22-2003, 06:20 PM   #1
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Complex setup with linux terminal


I have my office up in the renovated attic (thank you, thank you ) where I have my server and laptop all running happily. My very little sister (6 years old, and already a windows expert, now I need to get her going on linux) has a nearly new, custom built with all the extras, Micron with M$ Windows XP for her games and internet. I just got the new version of my 3D Animation program and my office computers are too slow to run it, so I would like to move the Micron up here. The problem is, who wants to tell an adorable 6 year old girl that she has to move from her dream-machine back to the old x486 that she was using. What I am currently scheming in my head, is a system where I can use one of my old Pentium 1's (running some small flavor of linux) as a dumb terminal for her room. I would like her to be able to log on to the Micron in the attic from her room and play her games using it's processor, hard drive, RAM, and CD drive. She doesn't use the computer very much, so there would be very few times that we would both be on at the same time, and even if we were, I'd think this machine can handle it.
I know that I could just have her play her games up in my office, and I know that I could go downstairs for my graphic work, but with a machine this fast, and an extra oldie laying around, I figured I could set this up and have a really interesting network. Maybe even allow remote logins?
Darn, I'm dreaming again.

What do I need, and how do I do it? I don't need full details, I can handle the in betweens, but I have never set up a server like this before, so I need a little pointing in the right direction.
I would like to have a small distribution for her terminal, floppy sized if possible. The machine doesn't have a hard drive at this point, but I suppose if I really needed one, I could dig a small one out of somewhere.

Anyone want to try to tackle this?

-BlackBox
 
Old 09-22-2003, 06:57 PM   #2
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well, that wouldn't be too bad, i think the hard part would be running the wire from the attic to your daughter's room, but if you sshd with X forwarding then all you need is an old redhat distribution or something simple and then just have her log onto your computer by opening an Xterm window and then sshing to your machine, this should establish an X connection, although x connections can be cumbersom, take up alot of overhead, and some game programs require you to be infront of the machine, even if you are running x, good luck
 
Old 09-22-2003, 09:52 PM   #3
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No.. I think you misunderstood me. I understand how to do this with a Linux-to-Linux setup. But the attic computer is going to stay Windows, I cant run Photoshop and 3DS MAX on WINE, and she needs to play her games in windows. What I am looking for is some way to use a small linux flavour to boot the system, recognize the network (or serial cable if I must do that), connect to windows on the attic PC, and set up the login. I cant use windows 3.1 or 95 on the old 486, it's too slow, and considering the amount of processing power it takes up even to run the program that would handle the login, and sending and recieveing data, would overload the system. Is there any way I can do this with Linux? I know that it is very compatible with different types of deivices, so I am sure there must be a way, somehow.

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Old 09-23-2003, 09:06 AM   #4
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hmm, perhaps this is what you are looking for
http://www.realvnc.com/
i'm not sure what else you could do with a windows -- linux setup
 
Old 09-23-2003, 09:10 AM   #5
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however with the windows version of VNC, it takes over the machine at your end also, so that might not work all the time,tha'ts the best i can do for you,, good luck
 
Old 09-23-2003, 09:10 AM   #6
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however with the windows version of VNC, it takes over the machine at your end also, so that might not work all the time,tha'ts the best i can do for you,, good luck
 
Old 09-23-2003, 03:33 PM   #7
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Wow, VNC, I should have thought of that. It's so simple.
Thanks a lot Freiza

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