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So, annoying question....
When I was at school as a high shooler, we all logged in to various terminal/desktops, and had our whole desktop and installed programs available to us, regardless of the computer we are on.
How is this set up on linux? I would love to do the same thing for my four computers here at my school, as it would make my life easier, rather than committing all of my files to my svn and checking out each time before I do anything, as I do not want everything on SVN. Further, with things like program installations, it would be easier.
I can and have been storing most things on my desktop, and accessing them remotely, however this provides an overhead as my desktop needs to run Windows with Ubuntu as a VM guest, because of Solidworks and various Windows only applications I must use at my school...

Anyone have a good solution? Note, I have been using dropbox, it is OKAY, but I would prefer to 'log into' my desktop from afar and not be remoted in. I will see if ssh works well...I had not thought about that yet >.<
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post #2 of 11
Sure, in the business environment it's generally a thin client you work on (the actual computing is done on the server/mainframe). This is a fun thing to set up at home, but not really doable in your situation.

I'd look into remote desktops, those work quite well.
    
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Setup like a main frame? G6
Fixed.

But yeah, you can do something like this with either thin clients, VMware desktop, or something like Citrix (which I believe is much like VMware desktop, anyway).
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@OP

Look at thin client software such as NoMachine's NX Client/NX Server or the LTSP project.
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post #5 of 11
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Fixed.

or something like Citrix (which I believe is much like VMware desktop, anyway).
It depends on your thin client implementation. You could have it connect to a machine that can manage multiple users at the same time, or a dedicated virtual machine.

All you need is a mainframe/server (which could be an old machine you have lying around), and a small underpowered machine that can connect to it.

I have an Ncomputing L300 lying around here which works pretty well (got it for free to test with)
    
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Greetz
You will probably find this very interesting since not only will it connect Linux boxen but even works cross-platform. Check out the many variations of VNC. Here's one
http://www.realvnc.com/

Edit: Forgot to mention that although RealVNC is commercial software there are many just as good that are free and open.
Edited by enorbet2 - 2/17/11 at 11:26am
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Ncomputing.
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post #8 of 11
Your school uses a distributed system. At home this really isn't practical or worth the time. Like it was said earlier, using any type of remote access and/or samba server to share files is superior on a small scale.
Edited by Jimi - 2/17/11 at 4:39pm
post #9 of 11
NX is very good for remote desktop login stuff. You need to install freenx or x2go on the server end, and you'll need a client on the local machine such as the NoMachine NX client or QtNX (the former is better). I use this all the time in college on the hideously slow Windows machines to get access to something useful.
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If you use remote desktop software, can it support concurrent connections from multiple machines? Linux can with it's multiple 'terminal windows', but Windows can't (well, the server editions can). I'm not sure how you'd set up the daemon to handle the multiple VNC connections either - you'd have to fire up VNC client, point it at the server to allow you to log in, and it's at this point that I'm unsure how the server would handle it
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