adding another "terminal"
On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 3:04 AM, Helmut Jarausch <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I'd like to add another terminal to my machine (there is no need for a
separate full blown work station).
I see two possibilities:
- *add another graphics card and attach a second screen, keyboard and
mouse. I'd have to figure out how to tell X11 that configuration
- built something like an X-terminal: a mini-pc (with a mini Gentoo
system) and connect it to my "server" via ethernet to the. I'd use
NXclient on that machine. I'd prefer this options since this "terminal"
needn't be close to the server machine.
Would anybody be so kind to share his/her experience with these options
or even suggest another one?
I've been using a nice little D525 Atom box that uses XDMCP into my main machine. That works well except that I've never cared to delve deep enough into streaming the audio to the Atom. And it seems like some of the KDE tools think that if you log into the machine, it's okay to assume that your X session is all one common jungle of interconnections. I've seen dbus do this, too.
If I use a lighter WM, it's not an issue. Mostly I use wmaker anyway on the Atom but KDE standalone there works great.
One other way that I've played with on and off again for many years now is with Xvnc. I have an old Axel thin client that does VNC/RDP and telnet and things and it works quite well. I've just stood up wmaker in a VNC session on my main box, point the Axel at it and, presto: X sessions through a silent 10W tray. It's very usable at 100Mbps.