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CrossNodes: Remote Control for Everybody: VNC Crosses Networks and Platforms

Sep 27, 2002, 09:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

" VNC (Virtual Network Computing) is a gift from AT&T Laboratories Cambridge for users who want free, low-bandwidth, cross-platform remote control of their systems. VNC runs on all Unix variants, Windows, and Mac.

"But wait, you say, what about the X protocol itself? X is nice, it has been called a network protocol that draws pictures. However it is bandwidth-hungry, and works best on Unix machines. It's less helpful for getting to the majority of the applications running on your Windows or Mac machines.

"What about SSH? SSH (secure shell) is wonderful, in my opinion the best choice for secure remote access. (technically, it's not a shell, but a protocol). There are commercial and free versions, and versions for all platforms. It's more complex to set up and use than VNC, and has more capabilities, though VNC can do one thing that SSH cannot. We'll get to that presently..."

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