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Old 06-06-2006, 05:46 AM   #1
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Taking screenshots with FreeNX ?

Can't get an idea how to do this.
The aim is to cron this action so that the screenshots of computers in LAN would be taken regularly.

Anyone faced such a question?

Thank you.
Old 10-14-2006, 09:58 PM   #2
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I just saw this after I posted a thread on the same issue. One thing is that it will definately work if you use Fedora Core 5 and FreeNX with a Gnome desktop. Other than that I haven't found another way to make it work, I want to have it work under Ubuntu or something else than Fedora as Fedora just isn't stable enough for any sort of production environment. I really have no ideas on this though, I am hoping there will be someone who has gotten this to work before.
Old 10-18-2006, 02:20 AM   #3
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Possible Solution

A solution that I am trying is to use Vmware (you can now get the server for free) to run Linux on Linux and to use the vmware linux (I am using Xubuntu for both) to do the screen recordings and all other activity. You can run the freenx session directly to vmware (without having to fully start gnome, xfce4 or kde (depending on what you are using) and then just run the virtual machine. I think this will work.. it seems that freenx has some issues with certain distros where it isn't able to fully control everything (leading to the screenshots not working on most distros) so I am hoping that vmware does not have this issue and I can remove the faults in freenx by running vmware on the freenx session.
Old 10-18-2006, 05:23 PM   #4
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Wow I was missing out on this the whole time..

After using freenx to connect to a machine running vmware this really is the answer to my problems. I love freenx, as far as I can tell it is just about the fastest remote access technology available anywhere (certainly for free, I can't imagine anything being this fast on a Windows machine and it is much faster than vnc on Linux), however FreeNX presents 2 issues that have come up for me:

1) Screenshots do not seem to work properly under FreeNX, I personally need this to monitor users who will be connecting to my servers so I can't compromise on this

2) I (and other users connecting to my system) need to use Windows (unfortunately) for some applications because it puts one at a competitive disadvantage to just use Linux tools in web development (although I am trying to move to these tools wherever possible)

By Combining FreeNx and Vmware (and as much RAM as possible since vmware is RAM intensive, especially if running it as a server for more than 1 user at a time) I am able to overcome these issues, I wish I would have realized this earlier as it would have saved me a lot of time


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