We run Windows on the Linux workstation in VMWare server.  Works pretty good, there are issues when we copy an exsisting vm session to another system, but that is another story.

The application is very graphic and CPU intensive, running it on a VM doesn't work.  Good idea though.

Can I assume there is no functionality built into KDE & Gnome to start a process when a person logs in (I am able to do this) and stop it when they log out (this seems to be the problem)?

On 11/18/06, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell@gmail.com> wrote:
On Sat, 2006-11-18 at 08:14, Jamie Bohr wrote:
> The remote systems are Windows.  The company VPN client does not
> support Linux too well and a majority (99.9%, especially labtops) of
> the systems are running MS Windows.  The engineers want and need to
> see their consoles remotely.

OK, I was confused by your earlier comment about different
users logging in and assumed they wanted to start different

> I appreciate all the suggestions, please don't think I don't.  I have
> talked with the engineers about all the solutions mentioned, none will
> work because they involve stopping an already running appication and
> fireing up vncserver (by what ever means) and then starting the
> application again.  They want to be able to see their already running
> desktop remotely.

There is one other option to consider, especially if the
application doesn't normally take a lot of interaction. You
can run vncserver in the first place to start a session
not connected to any console, connect to it with a viewer
and start the app.  After that you can disconnect at
any time and reconnect from other places.  The password
used to connect is assigned specifically for vnc and
doesn't have to be related to the user running the

But, if you want to connect to the real console screen you
are back to either x0vncserver or the X vnc module.
I believe the latter is more efficient but will require one
restart of X to get the module loaded.  Basically you
edit your XF86Config or xorg.conf file to include:
Load  "vnc"
in the "Module" section and
Option "passwordfile" "/path/to/passwd"
in the "Screen" section and it will act as I described
for vncserver except you connect to screen :0.

While I'm rambling, I might as well mention one other thing
that might be an option, again depending on the nature of
the app.  You could run the whole server as a virtual
machine under the free VMWare server.  The product includes
a separate console viewer that works more or less like
vnc and works cross-platform between linux and windows
and again it would not be tied to a real screen but you
could connect and run fullscreen from there if you wanted
to make it look that way.

  Les Mikesell

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