Where is that remote control?By Chris Williams. Published: 8th Sep 2002, 13:13:02 | Permalink | Printable
eqlab.org release RISC OS rdesktop clientOur networked correspondent James Carey reports.
It is not uncommon to hear of RISC OS users these days that have a small network made up of a trusty RISC OS machine and God forbid, a Windows machine. I too have followed this route recently, mainly so I have easy access to some serious Mathematics software for my final year at university. Other people have different reasons but most involve a need to plug a perceived lack of functionality in RISC OS.
Certain recent developments have taken place that might be of interest to people with the above setup, especially those who prefer to use RISC OS as much as possible.
- RDP Client
- Those clever folks at the eQ lab have recently made available a preview of their port of rdesktop. For those not in the know, rdesktop is an open source Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client that enables your RISC OS machine to act as a terminal to your Windows NT/2000/XP machine. Essentially, one can now have access to your Windows machine without leaving your RISC OS machine, great news for all those loyal RISC OS users. I presume the preview nature of this release indicates that this port is in its early stages of development. Saying this though, I found the client to be very responsive indeed, even at the higher resolution of 1024x768. Unfortunately, the redraw was hampered a little when running with my ViewFinder enabled. However, with VIDC one click away (assuming you have a dual input monitor), you can of course overcome this.
Drobe.co.uk recently got in touch with Alexander Chukov of eqlab.org who told us that they've moved their R&D site to www.eqlab.org. They also have new projects on the go and are hoping to publish a CD soon with their RISC OS software on it.
- Since writing on the topic of remote control, I thought it pertinent to mention ViNCe as well. Virtual Network Computing or VNC for short is very similar to RDP, albeit more platform independent. There are a number of VNC clients for RISC OS, the port by Henrik Bjerregaard Pedersen being the newest and more advanced. Vincent Lefèvre is now maintaining the code and has renamed the application to ViNCe. Surely there is a rule about naming software after yourself? ViNCe includes a number of additions over the original port, optimisations for ViewFinder cards being one of them. There is something agreeable about being able to run RISC OS in a 1600x1200 mode and have a smaller 1280x1024 window 'containing' your Windows machine.
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