Two days ago, I received this inquiry:

We are looking at a program (hopefully free) that allows the instructor to view the computers in a lab setting (LAN) and if necessary project a student’s computer to everyone through the data projector.

Since none came to mind, I passed on the information request to TCEA’s Strategic Open Source (SOS) Special Interest Group, a.k.a. SOS-SIG, and received the following responses:

  1. iTALC is a useful and powerful didactical tool for teachers. It lets you view and control other computers in your network in several ways. It supports Linux and Windows 2000/XP (Vista support will come) and it even can be used transparently in mixed environments!
  2. LANView – LanView 3 contains many features such as listing all network stations, and their respective users, managing PC’s and users individually or by group, remote control using the popular VNC tools, shutdown, reboot and logoff machines, and more.
  3. Remote Control – A simple application to allow remote viewing of a desktop and control of the mouse and keyboard of the remote machine.

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