Linux dumb terminal question
Ok having only tinkered with Linux and only reading the sections of the Linux book as needed, I have come to a situation I need help with.
Currently when performing server maintenance on a server (Unix / Linux) located in a remote location I VNC to a windows pc (Lets call it BOB) located in the same data center to run various maintenance scripts. I usually VNC to this pc from a pc located here in my home (Lets call it SAM) and open up several SSH windows to the various servers I am running maintenance on. It is critical that during this process that the SSH sessions (Now opened on BOB) not drop (Thus explaining why I VNC to BOB in the data center rather than opening the SSH windows locally on SAM which I am physically sitting at). The problem is that the VNC session (Between BOB & SAM) seems to bog down with all the graphics that keep changing (All the text scrolling by on the SSH windows). It is important that I watch the SSH windows for any errors that may occur.
Since the Linux kernel is not GUI based, is it possible to have a KDE style desktop on SAM that is controlling BOB that doesn’t utilize a client like VNC? Something like a dumb terminal maybe? It would seem to me that since the GUI desktop (X Windows) is a separate process from the kernel, that it could be loaded on SAM and just transmit/receive the data for GUI desktop back to the kernel (running on BOB) while allowing the actual X windows process to be handled locally on SAM.
In the end what I would like is a way to load the KDE desktop on my local pc (SAM) while having it manage a remote station (BOB) as though I was setting there in the data center at BOB’s /monitor/keyboard.
Thanks I appreciate any assistance you can provide.