X on a server Re: Freebsd vs. linux

Ean Kingston ean at hedron.org
Sun Feb 13 21:13:55 GMT 2005

On February 13, 2005 03:53 am, Anthony Atkielski wrote:
> Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC writes:
> > You can install the X libraries and client apps on your server -- this
> > works fine at secure level 3 and does not require kernel configurations
> > changes or special daemons or anything.  What it allows you to do is
> > then link software against the X libraries and then redirect the
> > display to your workstations X server.  This meets your criteria and
> > can be handy for certain things.  Your apps still run in userland only
> > and there is no HW touching stuff. You are not running the X Server on
> > your FBSD Server machine.
> I'll consider it, although it still sounds complicated.
> What do I gain from X that I don't already have with remote terminal
> sessions like those created with SecureCRT? I know it looks pretty, but
> what server-related things can I do with X that I cannot do with
> ordinary terminals?  I'm not aware of anything right now; it seems that
> everything can be done from a command line (thank goodness--working with
> Windows is a nightmare precisely _because_ so many things cannot be done
> from a command line).

I run an XLoad app on every server with the display on my desktop (set to 
update once a minute. It lets me keep an eye on the general health of the 
servers during the day. Asside from that I haven't found a truely useful GUI 
app for servers.

Ean Kingston

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