vnc-list-digest V1 #168

Nico Kadel-Garcia raoul "at" rkadel.ne.mediaone.net
Tue, 22 Dec 1998 12:35:04 +0000


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Some comments for the list.

On Tue, 22 Dec 1998, vnc-list-digest wrote:

> Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 09:43:57 -0800
> From: Ben Kosse <BKosse "at" thecreek.com>
> Subject: RE: Can I disable server inputs?
> 
> Well, I hate to say this, but using VNC will not seriously reduce your
> security even with both ends enabled. Unfortunately, you can't just run the
> servers headless, so there's little else that can be done. The problem is
> that you admit people have console access. It really doesn't matter if they
> have to power down the server, they still can mess you up unless you can
> guarantee a locked door.

Actually, if you use UNIX, you certainly *CAN* run the servers headless.
I do so occasionally now. Since UNIX works better for file servers, web
servers, print servers, etc., I find this a useful technique.

> Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 10:54:02 -0700
> From: "Tim Senecal" <tsenecal "at" denverpost.com>
> Subject: linuxPPC vnc
> 
> Hello all,
> 
> I am curious if anybody out there has compiled a copy of vnc for LinuxPPC?
> if so, could you lend me a hand?  I have downloaded the source, and tried a
> compile, but it errors out with several messages, none of which are greater
> than warnings.  I assume the compiler is simply dying due to too many
> warnings, but am unsure.  If you have binaries, that would be even better.  

I wrote some patches for the previous release to compile under
X11R6.4, and decommisioned them after 3.3.2r3 came out and worked fine
under SunOS. It should be reasonable to port the VNC stuff to a known
working X11R6.x release: I'm a little too busy to take this on as a
free project, but I can do tele-commuting after the holidays and I
guarantee my work. 

The PPC port of the latest XFree86 seems to have a lot of weird
patches: the SRPM lists *DOZENS* of patches, and they apparently need
to be applied in a certain order, which is listed nowhere. And the
patches are not all in the same format, so some you have to do from
the top of the source tree, others require a "patch -P1" if you're
working from there, etc. Quite awkward. So working from that
SRPM and adding the VNC to it is feasible, just a bit of a pain.


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