Subject: RE: support for a small US college going GNU?
From: "Anderson, Kelly" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 15:12:24 -0600

 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 15:12:24 -0600
One possibly useful approach to having a way out (especially for the odd
application that is only available on Windows) would be to use Citrix
Metaframe, and set up Windows servers that could be accessed through
Linux desktop systems (That sounds a little backwards than normal,
doesn't it :-)

Anyway, this would allow users to access Window's applications they
might depend upon without requireing a Window's box.

Citrix Metaframe is similar to Microsoft Terminal Services, but it's
more highly configurable and manageable.


-----Original Message-----
From: Karsten M. Self [] 
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2005 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: support for a small US college going GNU?

   4. Have a way out.  There are various ways in which to trial
      applications and configurations.  
      Remote access means you can support GNU/Linux configurations over
      XDMCP, VNC, or similar techniques.  
      Legacy MS Windows also offers remote access options, though with
      very little of the flexibilty offered by GNU/Linux.  Tools such as
      rdesktop and VNC can allow as-needed access to an MS Windows box,
      and possibly Windows Terminal Services (WTS).

      Another option is virtualization software such as Xen and VMWare.
      The former actually runs on base hardware, partitioning it amongst
      several guest OSs.  VMWare can run in server (base HW) or
      workstation (user-space application) mode.  Both allow access to
      multiple environments and configurations.  While not ideal, for
      users with legitimate needs to multiple operating environments,
      they're powerful tools.

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