These tools will add a new dimension to your internet and network computing functionality. Connectivity with plenty of security. Bill Hollett’s presentation was slide-based and he approached his subject as if the audience was in need of explanations and definition at various levels. Sometimes the content of other KLUG presentations assumes that you already have a broad knowledge of the dynamic universe of Open Source/Linux implementation. KLUG is fortunate to have people participating in the group with various levels of skill and experience. Questions were handled on-the-fly and he went into deeper explanations at several points to make sure that everyone had understood his examples. We saw how to implement VNC from many different network to PC configurations.
Dirk Bartley was the Secure Shell (SSH) expert of the evening with backup from Adam Williams. He assisted Bill in interpreting what the SSH commands are and how the forwarding ports are set."
Bill had been learning and implementing VNC on his home and work computers for only a short time when he sprained his ankle working around the house. There he was, stranded on a couch at home, unable to get up and move around without great pain. He had his PC’s all loaded with free open source VNC server and viewer software from RealVNC. He grabbed a small portable running Win95a that had about 32 Mb of RAM. He connected to the web and launched a browser and obtained a VNC viewer for this relic. From this small portable he completed his projects that required he work with four other PC’s attached to a network and/or connected to the internet. It all worked. All the applications ran as expected regardless of platform or connection. He was quick to utilize his new VNC skill. If it had been a Win3.11 network connected to the internet?
VNC supports cross-platform use (Linux to Windows or Windows to Linux). It also can be tunneled securely over a public network (like the internet) using SSH. Bill had a big smile on his face through most of his presentation. You could tell that he likes RealVNC!
"VNC (Virtual Network Computing) software makes it possible to view and fully-interact with one computer from any other computer or mobile device anywhere on the Internet. VNC software is cross-platform, allowing remote control between different types of computer. For ultimate simplicity, there is even a Java viewer, so that any desktop can be controlled remotely from within a browser without having to install software."
"The open source version of VNC has been freely available since 1998, and more than 50 million copies of the software have been downloaded. The software has also appeared on numerous magazine cover disks, and for several years all popular versions of Linux have included VNC. It is in active use by many millions in industry, commerce, education and at home. Virtually all Fortune 500 companies use VNC, and installations of VNC across thousands of workstations are commonplace." You might want to explore TightVNC as it enables SSH tunneling and has other features that you might utilize. http://www.tightvnc.com/intro.html