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Linux Journal: So Your Monitor Died

Aug 12, 2001, 22:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Curley)

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"Okay, your monitor just died. Now what?

If you are running Linux, or most UNIX variants, and you have taken appropriate precautions, you probably have a simple workaround. This workaround is also useful for the times when your X server crashes, and you need to clean up the carcass. I am writing this on my desktop computer in spite of the fact that my monitor just died. I'm using my laptop as an X terminal. The purpose of this note is to tell you how to do that.

The key is that X, the GUI used on Linux, is layered and designed to operate over a network connection. The program, called the client, transmits commands to the display, called a server, via the internet protocol (IP). The server includes a keyboard and mouse, which also send out to the client via IP. Usually, the client and server are on the same machine. But they don't have to be, and we're going to take full advantage of this fact."

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