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Caveat: Moving the mouse
Authored by: Lycestra on Oct 18, '07 12:34:23PM
There is one easy way to stop the screen lock in boot: keep the mouse moving. The screensaver engine will notice the user is still busy and won't activate. So, really, this isn't too much better than without the screensaver if you know this trick.

On the VNC route, user-based server apps (Vine Server, etc) can give you access to your desktop while a login screen is displayed (user switching required) but you'll get odd results from a context that isn't in charge (think audio and video hardware access. Some apps can crash or misbehave). This can give you to the GUI, albeit not 100% compatible, but still a step up from just command line.

Alternatively, I think if you enable Remote Desktop with VNC access enabled, that being system wide, you can actually access the login screen by remote. The downside is of course, you can't hide behind the login screen like you can with a user-bound server app, but has the advantage that its always present, and autologin isn't needed. Also, the built-in server doesn't support all the traffic-reducing features of user apps, but I think this solution will become much more useful in Leopard. Apple is touting Screen Sharing as a real feature. Imagine it combined with back-to-my-mac (personal VPN, requires .Mac)

Killer combination of features.

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