I’m configuring up a box running Ubuntu linux for my favourite mother-in-law. She’s not a power-user, and so I dismissed the thought instantly when I considered running Linux on the PC. Now that I’ve thought about it more, it will make sense for me to have the experience dealing with resolving issues that crop up.
I will tell you right now – there will be lots. And they’ll be bastard issues.
She wants to be able to print and scan, email and chat, connect, disconnect, write CD’s etc. Perfectly normal operations and it’s certainly not unreasonable to expect these functions from a PC. I’ll be very surprised if these all work “out of the box” without major tinkering. It will be interesting, and the source for more blog material.
On the way to getting things configured, I came across a mention of a VNC server for Linux that can be used to do remote desktop stuff. It’s called “Vino” and it is a remote desktop tool for Gnome. The user (or you before you roll the PC out) runs “vino-preferences” and sets up the connection criteria, and then any old VNC client can be used to connect to the active display while the user is logged on.
You can install vino on Debian based systems with “apt-get install vino”
This will be great for me to be able to sort things out remotely, especially as in 6 weeks time we’ll be moving into our new house which will be about 15 mins drive away from the in-laws.
[ps. If you came to this post looking for a decent source of info on Vino, good luck ... I couldn't find squat either!]