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Old 10-31-2016, 11:49 PM   #1
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Desktop and Remote sessions


Hello,

I am using Kubuntu 14.04 as a standalone desktop PC with multiple users (family members). The kids are getting older and I would like to be able to use some of the accounts remote as well. Is there a quick solution so that user A is logged on locally and user B remote? Other Linux PCs or Raspberry PIs are available.

I expect to perfect solution, this is on my long-term roadmap (virtualize all account and put them on a server with VMware Horizon or something like that ...).

TIA,

Marco
 
Old 11-01-2016, 02:26 AM   #2
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You can do a lot using the Linux Terminal Server Project with your rPi units. Set up the main machine as the Terminal Server and the others as clients. You'll find it worth it to have a gigabit Ethernet LAN there for that, if you don't have one already. It's not too hard to set up and gets easier every year, but requires a bit of planning and background knowledge. With that it is easy to deploy and about as easy as your regular desktop to maintain.

I myself avoid vmware for several reasons but the easy one is their license violations. For me that is the deal-breaker.
 
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Thanks for the feedback. I looked into LTSP. However, I understood that it will serve distinct sessions. I may be wrong, but what I want is to use the very same account locally and remote. That is: the same emails, the same browser with bookmarks, digiKam with the same photo store. All necessary files are available only locally under /home/<user>/...

Will LTSP be the tool to achieve this?
 
Old 11-02-2016, 01:29 AM   #4
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With LTSP, each user has their own account. When they log in, it does not matter which machine they sit at as long as the machine is set to be a client for the LTSP server. You could even use small, single-board computers for the clients, such as the Raspberry Pi. Once they are logged in, they will see all their own files and all their configurations and customizations will follow them. Subjectively it will seem to them as though they are always sitting at the same machine.

Again, you generally need good speeds on your LAN, but with such a small deployment, maybe that does not matter so much. I've seen small- and medium-sized deployments and read about many more. However, it's been a long time since I've set it up myself and though it wasn't hard then it has become easier.
 
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