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Re: [SLE] Remote xdm?
- From: jkirving@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Ken Irving)
- Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000 17:37:06 -0800
- Message-id: <20000815173706.A25888@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tue, Aug 15, 2000 at 05:39:41PM -0700, Gary Kline wrote:
> It is possible to bring up a remote console here on this CRT, rlogin
> or telnet to my SuSE Linux box, and bring up xdm remotely? I would
> like to run my SuSE box headless--without its CRT and keyboard. I'll
> save the setup in back on the computer for the devices in case I
> ever need a console, of course. But I'd like to free up my desk
> space and do everything from one CRT.
> The xdm man page seems to indicate that it is possible to bring up
> xdm from another host, but I may have misread something. Any X
> wizards on the list who can help?
I think you are describing an X terminal, and yes it is possible.
The headless SuSE box needs to be running xdm and maybe a font server.
You might also want to run sshd to do this securely. There are HOWTOs
available on the subject, and other information is available. You can
alternatively run kdm in lieu of xdm, if you prefer a slightly fancier
login on the X terminal. I'm no expert, but I recently set up an X
terminal on a memory starved system, and it works fairly well.
The X terminal box itself needs to be configured to run X, and this can be
done in various ways, even including loading X from the application server
over the (local) net as it (the X terminal) boots up. I'm assuming the
"this CRT" is capable of running X, of course.
Vnc provides another way to run remote X sessions, works a bit differently
(I think), but can be done from a host running Windows or or OSes.
I don't know if you can do a "full featured" X terminal over vnc, as
I've only used for more limited uses.
There's even a one-floppy X terminal Linux distribution that might perhaps
be useful to you.
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