tgriggs "at" key.net
Mon Jan 5 19:20:01 2004
This is my first post to this list, I'm glad it's here.
I've been a VNC user for quite some time, first using it under Windows,
and then recently, more and more under Linux. It makes remote pair
Now, I'm getting ready to take the next step and actually try to
integrate VNC with an application we're deploying.
Our application is a touch screen based HMI for food processing
equipment, running Linux. One thing we want to be able to do, is
remotely gain access to the machines for support reasons. VNC would seem
to fill that hole. One of the problems that arose quickly was that doing
such on Linux is actually a little more complex than doing so under
Windows. We've played with the kde desktop sharing thing, which is VNC
based I guess; the remote client is slow AND the local machine becomes
quite slow when a remote client is attached. So we've hit upon the idea
of launching a VNC server, on say, :2. We don't even bother running a
WindowManager in the VNC session, just our full screen app. Then on the
local screen, display :0, we'll launch a full screen viewer. Operators
without the knowledge of how to minimize the full screen viewer, won't
have a clue. A tech who needed normal desktop WM applications, can
iconify the viewer and have access.
We've been prototyping this, and we think it will work, at least
technically. I wanted to ask other's in the VNC list for feedback. Does
the above seem OK?
A couple of other issues. I don't want to start a flame war here. There
seem to be to VNC flavors (Real and Tight). Why? Is this another one of
this "splits" that when I ask about, I'm going to see the ashes of
We had some questions such as how to make the local cursor dot go away,
but then we discovered the beta version of server and viewer on Real's
site, and this solved all of our little issues. What is the status of
this beta? Is it nearing "production"? Has anyone debian-ized it?
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm
not sure about the former." - Albert Einstein