I wanted to share a couple of fresh articles that were published on developerWorks this week.
Free remote control
I hear commercials all the time for products that allow you to remotely control your system. They always sound really expensive to me, because I already do that for free, and have for years.
VNC is an open source application that will let you remotely control someone's computer across a network. It runs on different operating systems and is a fantastic way to do troubleshooting, lend a hand with something or do some work remotely. However, it can be tricky to get VNC working correctly in a multi-user environment. Normally it's run from inside a login session. It can be done, however. I know, because I had to do it the hard way, by doing research and experimentation. You get the easy way. You can read Roderick Smith's article: Enable multiuser logins with VNC
Getting the hang of Linux applications
I've been using Linux as my regular environment for a very long time now. It's been amusing how I find myself struggling to figure out how to find and run things when I end up on someone's Windows machine. It's just not set up the way I think anymore. I know that the same thing happens to new Linux users who have a Windows background. You already know how to use a computer. You don't need someone to hold your hand and give you baby instructions, but you need a little guidance.
Tracy Bost has been helping to fill that gap with his Linux for Windows Administrators series. This week he's going to help clarify some of the different ways in which applications are executed on Linux. How can you get going if you can't run anything? You can read the new article now.
That's all for now, but there are several things floating around. I know I'll have something tomorrow.