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."