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November 28th, 2012, 09:41 PM
Imagine a "kind of" UbuntuCE on one's smartphone.

This seems to be a....very interesting application if it actually does what it says...

This author will attempt to use it and would kindly suggest that other try it and report their results.

If anyone has ALREADY used it, a report about that sould also be of great interest to all! :)

THIS from the article:

Three years ago, with the emergence of smartphones and tablets, we realized that the “desktop” was also becoming a “server.” Users want to go everywhere with their mobile devices and want to have access to all their favorite apps and data on their computers.

Splashtop turns every desktop into a personal cloud, delivering applications and data to any device, anytime, anywhere.

With Splashtop, people are effectively carrying their desktops in their pocket.

Splashtop now has over 11 million mobile users accessing their desktops as their own personal clouds today, and now we are excited to turn the Ubuntu desktop into a personal cloud as well.



November 29th, 2012, 03:21 AM
This application is just amazing.

a) one has to install to the smartphone first. That is done from the site. One provides an e-mail address etc.
b) one then installs, again from the site, "streamer" to the computer and sets it up, again with an e-mail address
c) then log into the site, which will link the two. Then one activates the streamer on the computer and logs in. Then one can log into the computer from the phone, and the main controls are always available if one ticks to always show them on login.
d) What one sees is.....the desktop. It is as simple as that.
e) One can do something on the phone and watch it respond on the computer. However, the computer itself "seems" to be operating as some kind of virtual machine because the display is just ever so ...slightly.... not crisp in appearance and the cursor has changed.
f) This author did the following.
i) wrote a small document in Libre Office
ii) got on the net with Firefox
iii) played music through a music player.
LOL: the music played on the computer NOT on the phone.

Recommendations and observations:

a) The Unity interface does, indeed, work easily in terms of clicking the buttons on the left panel, but after that things get "dicey". The slider in the file structure is just basically non-functional.

However, given that one locks certain apps to the left panel, such as the ones that one thinks will be used when away, then...it works.

b) This author would ONLY do this if one sets a password to a wireless router if one uses a wireless setup.

c) This author would not use this with a computer that has any REAL important information on it in terms of critical data...

OR...passwords...to things like bank accounts, but then noone should leave them on a computer anyway.

The answer to security concerns is quite simple.

I) Install the OS to a usb drive, and unhook the hard drive so that all information on the OS is volatile and save to ANOTHER usb drive on the computer.

II) use a live cd.

III) The application will allow linking to multiple computers. So... get a cheap, old, computer, etc. and use it for linking to the phone, and then one can just move files from that computer to the main one.

But....one really does actually see the actual computer screen, menus etc. on the phone.