[Klug-general] openssh or what?

Dan Attwood danattwood at gmail.com
Wed Feb 15 12:32:50 UTC 2012

Like the man says. Personnally I use Nx Server
 On Feb 15, 2012 12:18 PM, "George Prowse" <george.prowse at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 15/02/2012 11:15, Michael E. Rentell wrote:
>> I have recently contracted something nasty which prevents my sitting
>> comfortably at my primary PC. I have to use a limited-spec laptop over
>> the domestic wi-fi network for emailing etc and staying in touch. My
>> domestic network consists of two well-specced PCs called 'mainframe' and
>> 'backup' connected together via an Ethernet cable, plus 'laptop'
>> connected via the wi-fi facility on the router. 'Backup' has shared
>> files via samba etc so that the entire content of 'mainframe' can be
>> dumped to it. 'Laptop' can also see those shared backup files. That
>> seems to work.
>> What I want to do now is use 'mainframe' with its extended facilities,
>> including VirtualBox, but from 'laptop'. I am pretty sure this is
>> possible under Linux. 'Mainframe' has the latest Ubuntu with Unity,
>> 'backup' has up-to-date PCLinuxOS and 'laptop' is running LXDE although
>> I'm not sure whose. Currently the only shared facility is cups which
>> works fine using 'mainframe' as the printer server. That more or less
>> installed itself.
>> Can someone kindly point me at an idiots guide where I can read up on
>> how to achieve what I want to do. I've read the wikipedia article on
>> openssh and that seems to be the way to go although do I need all that
>> encryption when I am sheltered behind a router which is a pretty good
>> firewall? There are no problems with internal security as I'm the only
>> user in the house and the wi-fi link is encrypted with WPA-PSK.
>> It would be nice to sit here in my armchair with my laptop just feeding
>> the keyboard and mouse clicks to 'mainframe' and seeing that PC's screen
>> on my laptop. I'm happy to do a lot of reading but I don't want to
>> re-invent the wheel neither do I want to over-complicate things with
>> lots of encryption if that isn't necessary.
>> Er when I said 'idiots guide' I meant it :-[ . Many thanks in advice.
>> MikeR
> There are loads of desktop sharing programs out there and most work on
> OSX, Linux, Windows, Android and iOS. Ubuntu/Gnome comes with one out of
> the box called simply "Desktop Sharing", Windows comes with "Remote
> Desktop" and OSX comes with "Remote Desktop Connection".
> Here is a review of 7:
> http://www.techradar.com/news/**software/applications/7-of-**
> the-best-linux-remote-desktop-**clients-716346<http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/7-of-the-best-linux-remote-desktop-clients-716346>
> A search on google for "linux remote desktop" turns up more than I can
> explain. I've only used it on my android phone but all the major OSs (as
> long as you have Gnome or KDE on linux) come with support out of the box
> George
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