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developerWorks: Sharing Computers on a Linux (or Heterogeneous) Network, Part 2

Mar 28, 2002, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In Part 1 of this pair of articles on sharing computers, I described my heterogeneous local network and how I use it to compare and test applications on different operating systems and architectures. Several technologies let a user at one workstation run an application that lives on another workstation. SSH provides text terminals to remote computers; the X Window System can be used to display an interactive application on a workstation other than where it actually runs; VNC can act as a "remote-control" to an entire remote desktop.

"Each technology has advantages and disadvantages. They all run on Linux, but different variations (host or remote) allow interaction with various other OS environments for heterogeneous networks. Using combinations of these tools, I can sit at one workstation (say, the one with the best monitor, keyboard, and chair) and run, test, and time applications on a bunch of platforms -- usually without rebooting anything.

"Part 1 introduced SSH and VNC. This second part talks a bit more about VNC, then moves on to remote X and security..."

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