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Ubuntu Remote Desktop Faux Pas

Wed May 04, 2011 8:59 am

1. Remote in to your work desktop from home (via secure SSH tunnel) to check on something.

2. Forget to disconnect the remote desktop session when leaving home to go to the office.

3. Arrive at the office, and notice that your desktop seems a little laggy/sluggish. Normal windows just don't seem quite as smooth as they should be, and VirtualBox VMs have become laggy enough to be *really* annoying.

4. Spend the next 10 minutes trying to figure out what's broken. Plenty of free RAM... CPU load below 20%... disk not thrashing... WTF?!??

5. Just as you're about to give up and try a reboot, finally notice the little Remote Desktop icon on the taskbar.

D'oh! :oops:

I suspect that VMs were much more severely affected because the VM's entire display is probably treated as a raw bitmap that has to be updated across the RD connection, whereas updating of native (non-VM) windows is probably easier to optimize (e.g. forward the higher-level X-Windows primitives or something).
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Re: Ubuntu Remote Desktop Faux Pas

Wed May 04, 2011 9:54 am

At least it all worked out. I freakin' love RD. I'm always going back and forth between my office computer and home and RD saves me loads of time.
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Re: Ubuntu Remote Desktop Faux Pas

Wed May 04, 2011 10:21 am

Dropbox saves me. Not for the most important files but it is a life saver with work. I really, really got to get a VPN setup to my home network. (and a faster upload speed stupid time warner)
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