The link above describes FreeNX, a thin client techology for Linux that's both impressive and underappreciated. I learned about FreeNX a few years back, and have been expecting great things from it ever since. Thinking about it's nonadoption I wondered ... why doesn't a company like linspire offer a gotomypc/logmein.com service ?
They could ship the freenx server with their desktop, and run a proxy service for firewall traversal. Seems like that would be a good way to justify or tier their subscription revenue, and offer better fee-based end-user support services as well by enabling this level of the remote control.
Am I missing something (i.e. is this harder or more expensive than I imagine?)
Oh ... and in logmein.com related news: if you have to do remote support, sign up for the free logmein rescue beta -- it's a zero install, firewall-piercing, remote-control service for tech support personnel. I will definitely be using it for Windows server support cases where software installation (required by free logmein.com) is not an option. I tried this yesterday and it is totally great.
They're pricing it at $5/incident, which fits my intermittent needs perfectly.