Free X client for Win95?
gt2930b "at" prism.gatech.edu
Tue, 09 Jun 1998 15:17:07 +0000
Lawrence wrote in response to brihall "at" pcisys.net:
> Because you want to run X program remotely, I think you need a X server
> running on your win95 and you have to set the DISPLAY environment. I am
> using Exceed 6.0, it is solid, though you have to pay for it.
> Lawrence Chim
I believe Lawrence is correct. You need an X SERVER on the Win 95
machine. There is a bit of terminology confusion when using X. Very
simply, a server is a display device and a client is a program that
sends the X commands to the display device. Servers and clients can run
on the same or different (usually the case) machines.
There is a free X-server available at www.microimages.com called MI/X.
I have displayed xterm, Framemaker, Matlab, Netscape, dtpad on my NT
machine using MI/X while running these clients on my Sun UltraSparc.
First you run MI/X on the Win95/NT machine. Then telnet to the unix
box. Set the DISPLAY environment variable to the IP address of the
Win95/NT box. Run something like "xterm -sb &". Click back to MI/X and
wait until the wire frame pops up. Click to place this frame on the X
display and you are off and running. Just minimize the telnet session
and use the MI/X xterm to launch everything else.
Currently I use Hummingbird Exceed. As Lawrence says, it is solid, but
you have to pay for it. The great thing about Exceed is that you can run
it in full screen mode and connect using XDMCP (not sure exactly what
this stands for) and it is just like you are sitting in front of the
UNIX machine with the login screen and everything.
VNC is interesting. When you run VNC SERVER on the unix box, it
actually starts up two things. First it starts an X-server creating a
display that the X-clients will write to. This display is not seen on
the unix box's monitor. The second thing it starts is a VNC graphics
server which serves this new display out to the VNC viewer clients.
I hope everything I stated is accurate enough to get you started.