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    Multiple X Servers


    Is it possible to have more than one X Server on a Linux system?

    The main aim for this is to have a mainframe style network where one computer does all the processing work. and the clients just display the output, thus allowing playing of top games on old 486's etc.

    Is this possible? If so, how? (What software will be needed? What sort of spec will be needed for the server etc?)
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    use something like

    startx -- :0
    startx -- :1

    etc etc..

    Good luck

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    and is there a limitr as to how many X servers you can have running on one box, or would it just be a case of the processing power available?
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    When i run startx --:1 from another computer, it just fired up X on my computer, what i want is to be able to access an X Server on a remote pc on the network
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    You can achieve this simply by LTSP.
    Linux terminal server project.
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    X problems

    Hi,

    You can start 3 X servers on your linux box...

    To get a remote login from another server you do:

    X :[0-2] -query [ip-addr]

    Then you can swithc between your x-servers by hitting CTRL ALT F7-9
    7= X :0 (normal x-server if you start it with no options...)
    8= X :1
    9= X :2

    For example

    X :1 -query 102.168.172.227

    On the machine you connect to you need to configure xdm or gdm (gdm if you are running GNOME (RedHat) or xdm if you are running SUSE(deb, gentoo))

    Normally just look for XDMCP in /etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf (xdm/xdm.conf)

    Hope it helps..

    //jonas

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