Web-based VNC access

Corné Beerse cbeerse "at" lycos.nl
Wed Apr 7 15:59:01 2004

Stephan A. Edelman wrote:

> Let me explain where I'm coming from.  We're combining VNC with our Dynamic
> DNS software and what's distinctly evident from the volume of tech support
> calls we receive is that the end-user is stumped when they try to access
> their PC and the browser just displays an "X" instead of the Java VNC Viewer
> applet. Furthermore, this is perceived by the end-user as a flaw in our
> software.
> The average end-user has no idea (and doesn't care) that a JVM is required
> and just wants it to "work". I agree that JRE is easy to install, but that
> still generates a tech support call to us so we can tell the end-user to go
> to Sun and download an 8MB JVM.

If it is at a company network or such, best to install the vncviewer on those 
machines. Its just a binary that can be dumped roughly everywhere.

For what its worth, just dump it on your samba-server and give users the 
shortcut to `\\samba\path\to\vncviewer.exe host_to_see:0`

No need to use any overhead at all.


> I'm no fan of Microsoft or their practices, but their browser penetration is
> so significant that we have to look for a more "transparent" solution and
> ActiveX may provide this for us.

How transparent will you have it? If you put `vncviewer` in the path, then you 
can use it at every host, even a M$-os.

> Stephan.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Seak, Teng-Fong" <tfseak "at" futurmaster.com>
> To: <vnc-list "at" realvnc.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2004 8:40 AM
> Subject: RE: Web-based VNC access
>>>-----Message d'origine-----
>>>De : Stephan A. Edelman [mailto:stephan "at" newace.ca]
>>>Envoyi : mercredi 7 avril 2004 14:05
>>>@ : Seak, Teng-Fong; vnc-list "at" realvnc.com
>>>Objet : Re: Web-based VNC access
>>>I welcome the availability of an ActiveX control for two reasons: (1)
> The
>>>reality is that Java is becoming less accessible due to the fact that
>>>Microsoft has decided to remove it from its browser. Installation of a
>>>is less than transparent to the average end-user.
>>That would depend on what you mean, or what you want, by the word
> "transparent".  That means IE installs it without the end-user knowing it.
> Virus does that as well ;-)
>>As a matter of fact, installing JRE is just "next", "next", "next".  If
> this isn't simple enough for an end-user, sorry to say that, I think his IQ
> is well below 100.  Computer is probably not for him.  Well, he could go to
> a video shop and rent a film.  That's certainly easier :-D
>>>(2) Microsoft's JVM far
>>>outperforms Sun's JVM due to the fact that it does JIT byte-code
> compilation
>>>into a Windows native executable form, whereas Sun's JVM is completely
>>>interpreted. This translates into a much slower VNC response than is the
>>>case for MS JVM or an ActiveX control.
>>True, but there're also other JRE which are more performant than Sun's,
> even though I don't know which one is best.
>>>My $0.02 worth...
>>>----- Original Message -----
>>>From: "Seak, Teng-Fong" <tfseak "at" futurmaster.com>
>>>To: <vnc-list "at" realvnc.com>
>>>Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2004 4:42 AM
>>>Subject: RE: Web-based VNC access
>>>>ActiveX?  That means it can only be displayed on IE and only on
> Windows
>>>platforms.  Sorry to tell you, this is a regression and opposite the
> idea of
>>>VNC which is multi-platform and multi-environment.
>>>>>-----Message d'origine-----
>>>>>De : yury "at" s-code.com [mailto:yury "at" s-code.com]
>>>>>Envoyi : mercredi 7 avril 2004 08:05
>>>>>@ : vnc-list "at" realvnc.com
>>>>>Objet : Web-based VNC access
>>>>>Hello fellow VNC users,
>>>>>I'm glad to let you know that today we have released a simple, but
> yet
>>>>>useful web based VNC access.
>>>>>Basically this is a web page, which hosts our VNC ActiveX control,
> and
>>>>>allows you to access your VNC server from a browser window.
>>>>>Currently this feature is available for Windows users with Internet
>>>>>installed (we haven't tested it with other browsers yet).
>>>>>Here is the link to the Web VNC page:
>>>>>Comments and bug reports on this feature are greatly appreciated.
>>>>>Best regards,
>>>>>SmartCode Solutions
>>>>> <http://www.s-code.com/> http://www.s-code.com
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