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Linux Magazine: Using Remote Control with VNC

Jan 27, 2001, 21:37 (4 Talkback[s])
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"For those of us who don't have a ton of money to throw around for a sophisticated remote access and application server setup, there's VNC (Virtual Network Computing). Developed by one of AT&T's research laboratories in Europe, VNC is an open source, Free Software product that delivers high-performance remote console capabilities for Unix and Linux, as well as Microsoft Windows and the Macintosh. Cool, right?"

"VNC basically has two parts -- a client application (vncviewer) and a server application (vncserver). The server is available for practically every variant of Unix as well as for Microsoft Windows and MacOS. Basically, you can connect from a Linux machine to a computer running a VNC server by using the native-compiled vncviewer for Linux (a special KDE 2.0 version named keystone exists as well, which is provided as part of the kdenetwork base distribution). The VNC server also offers a built-in Java Web interface that you can use to run applications remotely and to display their output in Netscape."

"VNC is available directly from the VNC site at http://www.uk.research.att. com/vnc/download.html. At the time of this writing, the current version for Linux was 3.3.3 and the binary distribution file was named 3.3.3r1_x86_ linux_2.0.tgz. This contains both the VNC server and the VNC viewer for Linux. In addition to the Linux version, you'll want to download versions of VNC for all the platforms that you are going to control remotely, such as Windows or another flavor of Unix."

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