The Many Advantages of LIVE Sessions
LIVE Connections represent a totally new way of running remote Linux or Unix desktops and applications. Unlike traditional connections like XDMCP, SSH and REXEC, LIVE offers persistent connections. No longer will you lose your work when the PC gets disconnected from the network due to a power or network interruption, you can simply reconnect.
It also means that at the end of the day, you can "suspend" (disconnect) your PC and reconnect to your X Windows session the next morning. Or, you can suspend the sesion on your office PC and reconnect from home, as LIVE sessions run over encrypted SSH tunnels that can pass through most firewalls.
Fast Over Slow Internet Connections
Running a full Unix/Linux desktop over an Internet connection, even at DSL or Cable speed, has never been feasible as the operation would be unacceptably slow. LIVE Sessions use a highly efficient protocol in addition to compressing the data. As a result, LIVE Sessions allow you to run a remote Linux or Unix desktop at LAN-like speed over most Internet connections.
Recovering Crashed Sessions
With traditional remote X server sessions, whenever the workstation loses its connection to the remote Linux or Unix host, the remote session dies. Running a LIVE Session, users simply reconnect to the session as the LIVE Server component (installed on the remote host) keeps the session running when it receives a disconnect signal from the Windows or Linux workstation.
How it Works
LIVE Sessions use a client-server model. As shown in the diagram above, the LIVE Server component is typically installed on the Linux or Unix host where your remote application is hosted. The LIVE Server keeps your session running after a disconnect is received from the network.
Users can connect to the LIVE server from any Windows, Linux or Macintosh system that has the LIVE client installed. Even iPads can now connect to the LIVE Server. Your session configurations are stored on the LIVE server. To display a session, all you need to do is make the connection to the LIVE server.
The LIVE server can be installed as root or non-root on Linux, Solaris, HP/UX and AIX servers.
LIVE Sessions allow other Windows and Linux users to connect to a "master" session. This way, multiple people can collaborate on a project. Each invited guest can take control of the keyboard and mouse in order to provide their input on the project.