[rescue] Processor choice

Michael Parson mparson at bl.org
Sat Aug 19 16:12:45 CDT 2006

On Sat, Aug 19, 2006 at 08:22:06AM -0500, Lionel Peterson wrote:
> >From: Micah R Ledbetter <vlack-lists at vlack.com>
> >Date: 2006/08/19 Sat AM 07:51:09 CDT
> >To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
> >Subject: Re: [rescue] Processor choice
> <snip>
> >You can get an X11 server from cygwin. This is what I'd do - I  
> >wouldn't bother with having to open a VNC session. You don't have to  
> >install cygwin to use the cygwin X server, either:
> >	http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Xming
> Great advice, but reminds me of a question I had a few years ago -
> I had a hard time running XWindows remotely on a machine without a
> framebuffer. IIRC I had an Ultra 2 without a framebuffer, installed
> Solaris 9 from a terminal, and when I tried to login by selecting
> the system from the logn screen on another Solaris box, it didn't
> connect. Is there some voodoo to install OS on a system without a
> framebuffer, yet manage it graphically from a remote desktop? I very
> well may have done soemthing wrong, but I always wondered.

You want to be able to log in via XDM to the remote *nix box?

That can be done, it always takes me a little bit of digging through
/etc/X11/xdm on the remote box, but it is definately possible.

These days I don't bother with that, I just use ssh and X11 forwarding,
the desktop is managed locally, just the graphics for the remote app
needs to be pushed over the wire.

And I do that regardless of which OS is supplying the frame buffer.

Michael Parson
mparson at bl.org

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