[lug] advice on meeting software

Mr Viggy LittleViggy at alum.manhattan.edu
Fri Jul 11 12:44:09 MDT 2003

Don't use normal VNC, use "TightVNC".  It's basically the same thing, 
but the writer took and optimized the code for speed.

It also supports different modes, depending on how "compressed" you want 
the desktop image.  It supports JPG compression, and you can set the JPG 
level when you launch it.


Michael D. Hirsch wrote:
> On Friday 11 July 2003 09:37 am, pjr at ucar.edu wrote:
>>I am looking for an alternative to M$oft netmeeting. What my group
>>needs is to allow (5-10) people at remote sites (all on a high speed
>>network) logged into a variety of platforms (linux, Mac, Windows, etc)
>>to "look over our shoulder" at stuff that is being displayed in a
>>conference room on a projector. The display that everybody will be
>>looking at will usually be from a windows2000 machine.  Most of the
>>time he will be clicking rapidly through URLs on a browser, although
>>there will also be situations where we are displaying postscript, or
>>running word or powerpoint (and occasionally their non-M$ analogues I
>>hope). Audio is not so critical as we can hook them up to a
>>speakerphone with a conference call if the software doesnt support
>>audio. Many of the remote users are novices, who dont often deal with
>>installing complex pieces of software.
>>At the moment, I am inclined to try for realVNC, if only because the
>>documentation made the most sense to me. It looks like the remote
>>users may even be able to click on a URL and download some Java code
>>that will get them going without much fuss.
>>So here are my questions:
>>1) Are there other programs out there more suited to my needs that I
>>   should be aware of?
>>2) is VNC the way to go?
>>3) is realVNC the optimal variant for my needs?
> My experience is that VNC tends to be slow on Windows boxes.  People tell 
> me that that shows a misconfiguration, but I see it often so either it is 
> easy to get wrong, or a deeper problem than that.
> Windows prefers Remote Desktop which is basically a Windows version of VNC.  
> There is a linux client named rdesktop, that seems to work well.  
> Michael
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