Remote desktop

Derek Broughton news at
Thu Oct 4 20:13:01 UTC 2007

Mauro Grauso wrote:

> On 10/3/07, Derek Broughton <news at> wrote:
>> Mauro Grauso wrote:
>> > the difference between rdp and vnc is that with vnc you are
>> > controlling the physical resources of your pc (you could see your
>> > mouse moving along the screen if you were in front of the pc), with
>> > rdp you are connecting to the machine as a remote user, so you don't
>> > control the X session that is attached to the screen (so your pc stays
>> > at the login screen even when you're working with it).
>> That's not really right.  vnc can either log you into a separate session,
>> or connect to an existing session.
> Of course, but you're still taking control of the phisical console
> session.

An odd choice of words, since vnc _never_  actually touches physical
consoles.  I must assume you really mean DISPLAY :0 - the one you generally
get when you log in directly on your computer.

Anyway, you're wrong.  It _can_ "take control" of display :0, and that's why
Kubuntu provides krfb.  But I can also log in as a completely separate
session, leaving the "physical console" untouched.

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