Leslie Katz wrote:
I gave to the son of friends who live a considerable
distance away an
old laptop with Damn Small Linux installed. I installed the same
distribution on another old laptop which I have, so that I could try to
help him if problems arose. We have been able to solve some problems
that way, but it's a slow process, with me doing things on my laptop,
then emailing instructions to him.
I remember working in the past at workplaces big enough to have their
own hurt desks and having my computer taken over by someone else in an
A Freudian slip if ever i saw one! ;)
attempt to solve some problem I had. That's made
me wonder what the
equivalent Linux software is. I wouldn't have to run that software on my
DSL laptop, but could run it on my Fedora desktop, taking over the other
DSL laptop over the Internet.
I'd be very grateful if someone could recommend any such software, just
to get me started.
I would suggest starting with enabling an SSH server on the laptop, with
access allowed only by a key, not password (half the internet will be
trying to login). You can do almost everything via SSH, but if you need
to run graphical programs you can either use VNC or ssh -X to display
the windows on your desktop. Unlike Windows, Linux is a true multiuser
operating system so you don't need to "take over" his computer to run
things on it, it supports multiple users on mutiple terminals.