Melvin> Hi- Does anyone know of any free X-windows client for
Melvin> Windows NT/95 and at least free for educational use? I've
Melvin> got students telneting into our Solaris box but of course
Melvin> they can't use text edit with a telnet session. They could
Melvin> use vi or emacs for their programming class but these are
Melvin> people who don't know a thing about unix let alone ever
Melvin> touch a computer.
You'll probably be better off using VNC, rather than installing X
servers on every client.
On the Solaris side, each student would run an X session inside a VNC
server. Each student would be assigned a display number, and would
start a session in a fashion like:
$ vncserver :1
(where :1 should be replaced with that student's assigned display
On the Windows side, they either:
- install (or run from a file server) the VNC client,
which is extremely light, or
- access their X session via a web browser.
(The VNC server sends a Java applet).
First time they run the server, they will be prompted to enter a VNC
password, which they will need in order to access their desktop from
(The Windows and Macintosh versions of the VNC server work a little
differently, since these are not exactly multi-user OSes. Instead of
allocating a new display, they share the console/desktop, in a fashion
similar to PCAnywhere, except smaller and faster).
VNC is GPL'ed. You can get it from:
or a different version:
If you still want an X server, one that used to be free (but
apparently no longer is) can be located at:
Maybe v1.0 (the free version) is still around somewhere.