On Mon, 18 Mar 2002 21:02:14 -0500, Steve Martin
>> Thinking about how this all works - i gather that all the hard work is
>> done by the Windows pc as the applications are being run in the
>> Windows memory - not from the Linux box.
>Your message is a little unclear; do you want the user interaction
>(i.e. display, mouse, keyboard) to be on the Windows box or the
Its not a form of remote control - like VNC or PC anywhere. So
several users can connect to the Linux box at the same time and each
one is running their own indiviudual desktop.
>In either case, here's how X works... an application is running on
>a box, doing its data crunching or whatever, and the input / output
>functions come from a machine (frequently but not necessarily the
>same machine) that is running an "X server". The X server takes care
>of interacting with the user through display and input hardware and
>"serves" the user-interaction needs of the running application (thus the
>unfortunately overloaded meaning of the word "server").
>If you want to run your X apps on the Linux box, then you'll need an
>X server for your Windows machine in order to interact with it. If,
>on the other hand, you're running X apps on your Windows machine (and
>I'm not really familiar with any environment for Windows that allows
>this to happen), then you'll need to configure XFree86 or some other
>X server on your Linux box.
The application is called X-Win32 www.starnet.com
its an X server that will run all of the Linux applications in a KDE
(or whatever) desktop but on your windows PC. theres some great
screen shots of it at their website and also a helpful article at
(link will probably wrap)
Xfree86 is running on the Linux box (and it has to for it to work) but
it doesnt need to have a GUI open at the time
I have this all working fine on my home network i am just trying to
work out which machine is doing the most work. by visually guaging
performance its hard to tell.
it appears to me that this concept works just like running an
application off a network drive. ie the X server on the Windows Box
is running the applications in its own memory and thus the Linux box
does not need a great deal of resources. except for perhaps a fast
NB where i have used the word Server - i may mean client, sorry.