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Simple KDE Trick #2: using remote desktops with avahi, krfb and krdc

Most peo­ple nowa­days have more than one com­put­er. Of­ten, you are us­ing one, and would like to do some­thing in an­oth­er. In this video, I will ex­plain how triv­ial it is to do that with­out leav­ing your seat in a mod­ern Lin­ux us­ing KDE.

We will use the fol­low­ing:

  • Avahi, a ze­ro­­conf im­­ple­­men­­ta­­tion to let you find your com­put­ers in your net­­work with­­out wor­ry­ing about IP ad­­dress­es, DNS, etc.

  • kr­f­b, the KDE Re­­mote Frame Buf­fer. This is a pro­­gram to share your desk­­top over the net­­work.

  • krd­c, the KDE Re­­mote Desk­­top Clien­t, a VNC, RDP clien­t, which is what you use to see a desk­­top shared via kr­f­b.

I am sure users of oth­er op­er­at­ing sys­tems or desk­top en­vi­ron­ments will say they can do it just as eas­i­ly. In that case, feel free to do your own videos ;-)

Keep in mind that ac­cess­ing re­mote desk­tops over the in­ter­net is a whole dif­fer­ent beast, and this so­lu­tion is not meant for that case.

As usu­al, this video was record­ed us­ing qt-record­my­desk­top. There was mi­nor edit­ing us­ing men­coder.

The com­put­er used is the orig­i­nal Asus eee PC 701 4G, so you can see this is not ex­act­ly a hard­ware-in­ten­sive op­er­a­tion. I find the eee's small screen is great for this kind of ful­l-screen de­mo, be­cause it's not big enough to drown the im­por­tant part­s.

rst2pdf 0.12.2: minor bugfix release

I just up­load­ed rst2pdf 0.12.2 to http://rst2pdf.­google­code.­com Rst2pdf is a tool to gen­er­ate PDF files di­rect­ly from re­struc­tured text sources via re­port­lab.

This re­lease fix­es a ma­jor bug (in­com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with re­port­lab 2.1) as well as sev­er­al mi­nor ones and adds a mi­nor fea­ture (bet­ter styling of list item­s).

For more de­tail­s, you can see the changel­og

rst2pdf 0.12.1: minor bugfix release

I just up­load­ed rst2pdf 0.12.1 to http://rst2pdf.­google­code.­com

Rst2pdf is a tool to gen­er­ate PDF files di­rect­ly from re­struc­tured text sources via re­port­lab.

This re­lease has no new fea­tures, just a few bugs fixed.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see the changel­og


In an­oth­er rst2pdf-re­lat­ed note: some­one at the Uni­ver­si­tat Po­litec­ni­ca de Catalun­ya likes rst2pdf :-)

rst2pdf 0.12 released!

It's my plea­sure to an­nounce the re­lease of rst2pdf ver­sion 0.12, avail­able at http://­code.­google.­com/p/rst2pdf/­down­load­s/list

Rst2pdf is a tool to gen­er­ate PDF files di­rect­ly from re­struc­tured text sources via re­port­lab.

Rst2pdf aims to sup­port the full re­struc­tured text fea­ture set, and is very close to that goal, while al­so in­clud­ing some of the more ex­per­i­men­tal fea­tures, like a source code di­rec­tive with syn­tax high­light­ing and math no­ta­tion sup­port with La­TeX-­like syn­tax.

It sup­ports em­bed­ding ar­bi­trary fonts, both True Type and PS Type 1, both raster and vec­tor im­ages (in­clud­ing SVG and PDF), page tran­si­tion ef­fect­s, mul­ti­ple, flex­i­ble page lay­out­s, cas­cad­ing styles, and much, much more.

This ver­sion in­cludes many bug­fix­es and MANY new fea­tures com­pared to the pre­vi­ous 0.11 ver­sion, in­clud­ing but not lim­it­ed to bet­ter styling, in­te­gra­tion with sphinx, a very raw, pre­lim­i­nar graph­i­cal fron­tend called bookrest, kern­ing sup­port (via wor­dax­e), and a much more pow­er­ful ta­ble im­ple­men­ta­tion.

In fac­t, this re­lease has so much new code it needs tester­s! I would con­sid­er it be­ta qual­i­ty, and may (prob­a­bly will) have some rough spot­s.

You can find more in­for­ma­tion about rst2pdf in its home page ( http://rst2pdf.­google­code.­com), and ask any­thing you want in the rst2pdf-dis­cuss mail­ing list (http://­group­s.­google.­com/­group/rst2pdf-dis­cuss)

A list of im­prove­ments and changes in this ver­sion is just too long, but is avail­able at the changel­og

I hope you en­joy this pro­gram!


In oth­er news, Google just found me two nice things re­lat­ed to rst2pdf:

  1. A tu­­to­ri­al to use sphinx and rst2pdf for ja­­pa­­nese texts: http://d.hate­­na.ne.jp/MiCHiLU/20091009/1255065687

  2. It looks like a rst2pdf 0.11 bi­­na­ry for win­­dows is shipped by pythonxy here: http://­­code.­­google.­­com/p/pythonxy/­­down­load­­s/de­­tail?­­name=rst2pdf-0.11_py26.exe I will link to that!

I love when peo­ple do things like these :-)


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