April 15, 2002

Multiterminal servers?

An Anonymous Reader writes "John Looney recently posted to the lkml , asking about the possibilty of one computer serving multiple users. That is to say, multiple keyboards, mice, monitors, etc, hooked up to a single server. The advantages of such a setup in a lab type environment are obvious.

The following discussion ranges through several technical issues with such a configuration, including a kernel limitation of one virtual terminal active at a time, and the typical lack of quality in long video cables. However, none of the issues raised are unbeatable. James Simmons, for example, has been working on cleaning up the virtual terminal code, with many related fixes already merged into Dave Jones' tree.



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