I currently have an Ubuntu (Maverick Meerkat) box set up acting as my media server / all-purpose server at home.
I also have an OS X laptop and an old Windows XP PC. For the sake of brevity, I will use the following nomenclature:
- Ubuntu box: meerkat
- Windows box: redmond
- OS X box: leopard
Basically, I'd like to be able to start a remote XChat session while on redmond, then disconnect from redmond, open up meerkat and continue that session. Or I'd like to then log on from leopard and continue the XChat session. Currently, I'm using vnc -- but I don't particularly like this, because I set my xstartup script for VNC to start a new gnome-session... but once I disconnect, if I log directly onto meerkat, I'd like the windows I opened up in my VNC $DISPLAY to be portable to my local desktop!
How would I do that? I read a bit about
xpra, but I didn't really quite understand if it would actually do what I want. If it truly is a
screen for X, then I think it's what I want. Because then I can start a remote XChat on redmond, and continue it off when I log in directly to meerkat's desktop. I also wasn't clear if it'd actually work with Windows. The directions I found for using it/installing it were "opaque" at best.
Similarly, how would I go about forwarding sound when also forwarding Windows? I know that X doesn't actually forward sound, but I read about
pulseaudio, but I'm not sure how I'd set up a remote
pulseaudio client in Windows/OS X and how I'd forward my sound from meerkat.