Guide to X-terminal setup
As an alternative you can just start xdm from your startup scripts. If you
are using an alternative config file or your file is in some location
other than the default then you might want to use the parameter -config to
point xdm to your file.
xdm -config /etc/xdm.config
If the xdm screen looks a little plain, then you can instead choose to run
kdm. No other configuration is required. You should however take a look at
kdmrc. This will be in /opt/kde/share/config for SuSE and in
/usr/share/config/ for Red Hat. You can customize fonts, background
wallpaper and a host of other settings. The defaults should work fine.
I haven't tried gdm but I expect it to be a drop in replacement for
xdm. If someone out there has tried it then please tell me.
If you just want to run a few applications off the server then you can
still do that and with a minimum of effort.
Start X and open xterm or rxvt or your favourite terminal emulator for
X. In the terminal type the following.
This will add the above address to the access control list. This will be
the IP or hostname of the machine on which you will be running the
application. This is needed to allow that machine to communicate with your
X server. You can also type 'xhost +' to disable all access control and
allow anyone to connect to your X server.
Now telnet into the machine you specified above.
Type the following on it.
This will set the environment variable DISPLAY to point to your
machine. Replace this with your own IP address. The ':0' part is the
screen that any client application should connect to. You only need to
specify something else here if you're running multiple X sessions on your
Just start the application. I've selected a suitably hoggy application.
This will start Netscape on the machine that you are connected to but
display everything on your monitor. Do not close the terminal that you
used to connect to that machine or you will break the connection and shut
down all the applications that you're running off the other machine.