FreeOS.com: Remote desktop using VNCJan 17, 2001, 20:39 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sarup)
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"X-terminals allowed you to work off another machine while sitting on your machine. VNC allows you to do the same and also adds the ability to go beyond your local network to access a desktop over the Internet. Use it from your Windows machine to access and administer your Linux box or even the other way round!"
"The concept of a remote desktop is very common among Unix networks. The design of the X server allows you to sit at one machine and work on another and access the entire range of GUI applications. The trouble, however, with the X-terminal setup is the high bandwidth connection that is required, restricting their usage to a local network. In contrast, VNC (Virtual Network Computing) offers the same functionality but will work over low-bandwidth connections too. VNC will even work over the Internet."
"Several platforms and architectures are supported. Servers and clients are available for Linux, Windows, Solaris, Macintosh and even Windows CE. These are all available under the GPL. You can even use a browser that supports Java to connect to the remote desktop!"