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Remote desktop

Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 3:19 am
by Cheers
Hi,

I am married. That seems a strange opening for a thread in a technological forum for LinuxMint. But picture this: I installed a LinuxMint machine which is at the top floor of Our house. My wife is downstairs. Luckily she likes to have me around. I like that as well but also like to play with my new installation. Can anyone help me with a good application to use my laptop (WindowsXP), sitting next to my wife making a remote connection to my LinuxMint (Bianca) machine upstairs. I looked into VNC but saw the most of the software is not free and does not gave me the Linux free feeling thou. I have experience with Samba but that only works for files sharing. It works very good actually.

Regards,
Peter

Re: Remote desktop

Posted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 11:48 pm
by marcus0263
Cheers wrote:Hi,

I am married. That seems a strange opening for a thread in a technological forum for LinuxMint. But picture this: I installed a LinuxMint machine which is at the top floor of Our house. My wife is downstairs. Luckily she likes to have me around. I like that as well but also like to play with my new installation. Can anyone help me with a good application to use my laptop (WindowsXP), sitting next to my wife making a remote connection to my LinuxMint (Bianca) machine upstairs. I looked into VNC but saw the most of the software is not free and does not gave me the Linux free feeling thou. I have experience with Samba but that only works for files sharing. It works very good actually.

Regards,
Peter
You're in the M$ world so be prepared to pay $$$$ VNC is the best way to go if you don't want to pay money. Personally I fork out the $$$ and I use Xmanager, pretty decent and don't have to pay the fortune with Hummingbird Exceed.

Around $100 USD
http://www.netsarang.com/

I like using an Xwindows emulator for M$ when I'm locked into that world. Either that or go with cygwin

Free
http://x.cygwin.com/

This will work but you'll need to spend some time setting it up.

Cheers

Re: Remote desktop

Posted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:24 am
by scorp123
Cheers wrote:I looked into VNC but saw the most of the software is not free
TightVNC is released under the GPL, it's free as in free speech and free beer and it works perfectly.
http://www.tightvnc.com/download.html

The only downside to VNC is that it's not the fastest of all possible solutions but for a connection via LAN it should be OK.

There are plenty of VNC tutorials floating around the web, you should easily find them via Google.

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:08 pm
by fukawi2
Why don't you use the "Remote Desktop" function that comes with *buntu (including Mint) and a free viewer like "RealVNC"...?

http://www.realvnc.com/

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:03 pm
by marcus0263
fukawi2 wrote:Why don't you use the "Remote Desktop" function that comes with *buntu (including Mint) and a free viewer like "RealVNC"...?

http://www.realvnc.com/
VNC works OK, but a real Xwindows client works best. I also like being able to launch individual applications without having to mess with VNC. So my recommendation really is to get a Xwindows app for M$.

Pay
Xmanager, reasonable price

Free
Xcygwin

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:09 am
by scorp123
marcus0263 wrote:VNC works OK, but a real Xwindows client works best.
There is a slight difference: If you use an X11 client and if by any chance the connection breaks down (might be easily the case e.g. with WLAN) then also your application will die and you will lose all data. No such thing with VNC: If the connection breaks down ... easy: You just reconnect and you will find your applications are still working. 8)