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Most sytems here are FreeBSD, far more lightweight and clean than current Linux, which I mainly dropped after the systemd debacle. Suse or Debian otherwise, but Suse always sems just that bit more polished and feature rich than even Debian, which used to be the stock install for years here...


--- Quote from: Warhawk on September 30, 2023, 07:11:27 pm ---I too need to (and want to) babysit my father's PC.
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I maintain remotely a bunch of computers running Linux Mint and I use Anydesk. Years ago I used Teamviewer but they became very obnoxious demanding payment saying they detected professional use. i switched to Anydesk and I am very satisfied.


--- Quote from: Warhawk on September 30, 2023, 07:11:27 pm ---Do your in-laws have a static IP address, or how do you solve this?

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No – they don't. I'm using a dynamic DNS service. There are plenty out there (dynDNS, No-IP, ...). As they are behind a NAT router, I also configured their router to forward different external ports to port 22 (ssh) on the respective computers so I can connect. E.g. 22222 -> 22 on computer 1 and 22223 -> 22 on computer 2.

In the past I had a similar situation with my mother’s laptop. I installed Ubuntu for her. She’s behind a non-configurable NAT with no static IP address.

While the setup is no longer in place, it had an SSH tunnel configured to connect to my computer (which has a full internet connection). This way I could access ports on her machine. That does require coöperation from both ends: I must enable the service, she must enable the laptop and click a button. But for the intended purpose of sporadic or emergency maintenance it was fine.

Another often overlooked option is running SSH as an onion service in the Tor network. The downside is having two layers of encryption and authentication: one from Tor, one from SSH. But for terminal sessions it’s not particularly painful. A small advantage is lower exposure, because addresses can’t be enumerated and are expensive to discover.

The 'easy' solution to the remote access issue is to set up Tailscale on the device. NAT traversal etc. is handled for you.

I tend to just use Chrome Remote Desktop for one-off support, though.


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