VNC-List digest, Vol 1 #1270 - 7 msgs
gobbledegeek "at" gmail.com
Mon Mar 14 09:48:00 2005
> That depends entirely on the BIOS. Most newer BIOSes will let you.
> You'll have to set the BIOS up intially to ignore keyboard errors.
> There should be no problems after that though.
Good enough. See below .
> > 3. Who does the graphics computation - on a headless machine accessed
> > via a LAN?
> The machine acting as a server.
> Since you are using Xvnc it doesn't have anything to do with the video
> card at all.
> If you're running Xvnc then it _is_ the Xfree server. This is totally
> independent of whatever graphics card is in there - you can run it at a
> resolution unsupported by the graphics card if you want. Xvnc then acts
> just like any other X server - you can run whatever window maanager &
> apps you like - the only limitation is the extensions supported (most
> VNC implementations don't support RENDER for example) and you won't be
> able to take advantage of any hardware acceleration.
So Xvnc wont use the server h/w graphics card at all with its
optimizations for computing screen display like anti-aliasing,
alpha-blending and z-buffer etc? What if I run a 3d game or run
something that uses openGL on the server? Then what about a win32 vnc
server and a linux vnc thin client with me running a DirectX
application. Let me guess - DirectX will call cpu SSE2/3
instructions in some cases, but what about all those calculations that
a gpu is optimized for?
> That depends on your software. It can be done with Fedora, for example,
> because you can do a VNC install.
> > 4. Can one do a remote install on these boxes without ever attaching
> > keyb/mouse & monitor?
> This is dependent on the distribution you're installing. I know SuSE
> comes with a VNC install option - I'm not sure how easy it is to get it
> to boot to that without a display/keyboard though. You could always
> just put each disk into your current system and do a basic install, then
> move them to the headless systems.
Thanks for the tip. I think I will just install regular then
disconnect monitor/keyb first.
When my new instal/setupl gets stable I will experiment...
Thanks for ur well informed replies. :)