Re: Making VNC behave like Windoze RDP
From: Ben Sheron (ben_at_whatsmykarma.com)
To: For users of Fedora Core releases <email@example.com> Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 11:43:28 -0500
Thanks for the advice. (Sorry I have not been by to reply; I have been
a bit sick the last day or so...) My plan is to try and use VNC over an
SSH tunnel, but I might try Cygwin too. I am trying to access this from
school, so essentially I would be using a public terminal (with my own
account of course). I'm still going to try, but I'm also taking a look
at the NoMachine solution too.
On Tue, 2005-02-08 at 23:21, Scot L. Harris wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-02-08 at 22:33, Ben Sheron wrote:
> > I am using FC1. I have gotten the vncserver package to run on it, but I
> > am wondering if there is a way to make this behave more like the Windoze
> > RDP feature, ie I log myself in with a few programs running, and RDP in
> > remotely and have access to my desktop the way I left it. It seems like
> > it should be possible to set vncserver to do this, but I'm not sure
> > how. Also, is there a Gnome applet that I can use to control this and
> > that will function on FC1? (Due to some other apps I cannot upgrade my
> > box.)
> I suspect at present you get vncserver running by logging in to a shell
> and manually starting it.
> What you want to do is configure vncserver to start at boot time. This
> instance will continue to run even when you are not connected to it.
> This allows you to connect via vnc, run programs, disconnect, then
> reconnect later from the same remote location or from a different
> This is setup under /etc/sysconfig/vncservers. follow the example in
> that file to setup a session under your user account. You will need to
> make sure that you have setup a password for vnc for that user, but
> since you are already using it that should already be done.
> I am not sure about FC1 but I believe in FC2 and FC3 there is even a
> startup script that can be used with chkconfig or the
> redhat-config-services (for FC1) tool.
> I do not know of any gnome applets for this. But once you have it
> configured and working you don't need to touch it normally.
> > While I'm on the subject, is anyone aware of a better remote desktop
> > alternative for Linux? VNC has worked OK for me on my local network,
> > but going out over my cable modem it lags terribly. Is there any way to
> > maybe emulate the other RDP features, such as the ability to play sound
> > from a remote machine locally? Something cross platform would be nice,
> > as I would be accessing my box from a Windoze machine. I've Googled but
> > haven't found much. Just thought I'd ask.
> Personally I use X11 over ssh. I have my laptop setup with custom
> launchers for the applications I want to run on remote systems. By
> using ssh you get a couple of benefits, the login and connection are
> encrypted and you can tunnel pretty much anything over ssh. And
> depending on the speed of your computer you can enable compression which
> can help the through put in some cases.
> And by just sending the windows of the particular programs you want to
> run you reduce some of the overhead needed for sending the entire
> You can get cgywin for windows which is a free X windows package for
> windows. (it also gives you a unix like environment to work in if you
> want.) I have also used Hummingbird which is a commercial X windows
> package for Windows.
> As for sending the sound across I personally don't mess with sound on
> the systems that often. And would be hard pressed to think of any
> really good reasons to take up bandwidth with something like that. But
> that is just my tone deaf opinion. :)
> And if you plan on using VNC outside your local LAN please read up on
> how to tunnel it via ssh. VNC is not secure by itself.
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