1. Introduction

XDMCP stands for "X Display Manager Control Protocol" and is a network protocol. It provides a mechanism for an X-Terminal. The X-Terminal will only run the X-Server and it will allow applications running on remote machine to be displayed on it.

Some of us running Linux (like me) are looking for the best parts of Linux. Among them is the ability to re-use old systems (like 486 CPUs) as a X-Terminal (with the Win32 apps; like Hummingbird's Exceed or X-Win32) to run Linux from any PC remotely. It is somehow very surprising that there aren't many documents on the internet which guide you step by step on how to set this up. This is how I come up with this document as a way to share my experience with all user. Essentially, by using X and XDMCP, you can create a cheap solution of a X- environment.

1.1. Disclaimer

No liability for the contents of this documents can be accepted. Use the concepts, examples and other content at your own risk. As this is a new edition of this document, there may be errors and inaccuracies, that may of course be damaging to your system. Proceed with caution, and although this is highly unlikely, the author(s) do not take any responsibility for that.

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Naming of particular products or brands should not be seen as endorsements.

You are strongly recommended to take a backup of your system before major installation and backups at regular intervals.

1.2. Feedback

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