VNC as a teaching tool?

John C. Hayward John.C.Hayward "at"
Wed, 25 Mar 1998 22:08:53 +0000

I too was interested in this possiblity.

I asked one of my students to try it out - setting one machine up as the
server with the option of disable remote keyboard and pointer (win-95
server).  He reported it worked except that clients could not see the 
mouse moving as the server did stuff.

I'd be happy if the client would track the server.  I did not personally 
check it out.


On Wed, 25 Mar 1998, Wes Barris wrote:

> I have installed VNC on our SGI, Linux, and NT workstations.  It is working
> properly.  I plan on using VNC as a teaching tool in a classroom environment.
> I have already run a server and nine clients in our graphics lab.  I am
> wondering if it is possible to do the following:
> 1) I would like to make all (but one) of the vncviewers "output only"
>    so that the students can see what the instructor is typing without
>    being able to affect the rest of the class with their own mouse and
>    keyboard.
>    I know the Windows version (WinVNC) has a "Disable Remove Keyboard
>    & Pointer" checkbox.  Is there anything similar on the client side
>    in the X version?
> 2) Copy and paste.  I would like the students to be able use the mouse to
>    copy strings of text out of the vncviewer window and paste them into an
>    xterm running from their own X server.  Is this possible?  Right now it
>    looks like a different cut buffer is being used for xterms displayed
>    within the vncviewer.  (NOTE: this is in an all-SGI environment.)
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