Remote desktop vs. remote display
Posted Feb 14, 2013 0:30 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Remote desktop vs. remote display
Parent article: LCA: The ways of Wayland
Only if you take the entire desktop--I've already explained why whole-desktop sharing doesn't work for me.
Sure. I already know you need a solution for this rare 1% case. You've said it enough times, thanks.
X can do this, too, without needing any special support or coding in the applications. It's only if you want to have one application open windows in two different displays simultaneously that you need special support in the application.
How exactly does it work? What commands should I type? My usecase is simple: I'm late at work in Friday, I have dozen of programs open on my desktop and I want to leave for weekend but may be I'll find the time next Saturday to try to fix few things. What should I do?
Note: I have not planned this session in advance, I have not planned to work from home. It just... happened. Well, I obviously needed to do one-time setup to make my desktop remotely accessible, but I definitely have not done anything in this particular session! Sometimes I understand that I need to do something from home when I've already left my office.
With X there are only one choice: use something like xpra and suffer the slowdown all the time even if you actually need to access your programs remotely once or twice per year. Or you can sidestep X and use something like VNC.
I don't know what you mean by the X approach fails in 99% of the cases, or that "few programs" show all the properties of X network transparency.
Exactly what noted above: I've locked my workstation and went home without logging out, I need to access my programs somehow. How to do that? That's the most common usecase for rdesktop. And the second most common is to share your desktop with tech support guy, obviously. Both work perfectly in Windows, both are horrible in Linux - and the solutions offered usually don't use the much vaunted "X network transparency" at all. I know some Linux distributions offer VNC as a solution, but it's not perfect: when I access programs in such a way my desktop in office is actually becoming unlocked and anyone can do anything with it!
I'm yet to find a X-based solution which covers this 99% usecase - which is obviously the most important and the most polished usecase in Windows!
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