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Old 06-08-2004, 03:13 AM   #1
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im not sure if this the place where i write this but here goes. can i have one computer with many monitors and keyboards coming off it. can i have one person use the resources of a computer while another person is using a different keyboard and mouse and using the same resources. i think it called like a terminal? what is it called and can linux do it? thank you
Old 06-08-2004, 04:02 AM   #2
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Sharing a Computer with others ist no problem, but not with more than one keyboard (you can connect many input devices, but only use one at a time. For example my laptop has a touchpad and an USB-Mouse, both are working togethet at the same time, but if I move both, one will win and take over the command).

You can attach as many monitors as you can connect, some gaphiccards can serve 3 ore more, and you can add graphiccards in every AGP, PCI and ISA slot you have.

A classical terminal is a very dumb computer consisting of just keyboard and a text only monitor. It comes from the mainframe time: Only one big computer and dumb terminals for type and read (no graphic!).

But you can run a virtual terminal on your computer to connect to another and work as you would be sit on.
You can open a connection/session by telnet or ssh.

With an X-Terminal, a thin client with a good graphiccard, you can log in graphical with X.
Old 06-08-2004, 04:11 AM   #3
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yeah, not in a kind of monitors but in a kind of displays linux can do that.
you can forward the X-Display, so each user can remote login and has his own desktop /GUI.

keyword: remote X-Server, remote X-Desktop


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