on X in the modern world

Having used X for going on twenty years, I thought I’d just be checking out a cool retrospective when this article came out. For the most part I was right until we got to the nested X server stuff and the VNC stuff.

I’ve know about ssh‘s ability to forward X windows stuff for a while (check out the -X -C options, and the -L option as well). What I didn’t know is that you can run Xnest to actually fire up an X session from the remote machine to your local machine.

The howto on that starts around page 8 of the article. Well worth checking out even for old-timey UNIX folks.


Turns out there’s an even better ssh option as described here. This fixed up some minor font thingies that weren’t working before.

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