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Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Wed May 21 19:07:53 UTC 2008

Steve Lamb wrote:
>>> However, I'd like to do so in a manner where if my laptop needs a reboot
>>> or I boot my game machine into X I can reattach to those programs.
>>> Basically screen for X.  xmove was spectacularly unusable.
>>>     Can NX do that or, alternatively, does anyone know of such an
>>> application other than xmove that can?
>> No problem, if you take the whole server desktop.  I think it is
>> possible with individual windows but you may have to fiddle with the
>> component programs to make it work.
>     Yeah, whole desktop is easy.  I could just run a VNC session on the
> server or fiddle with XDMCP from KDM.  Individual applications are far
> harder since I want to only export, for example, Thunderbird and Pidgin
> while running Firefox and OOo locally.

Those don't really maintain much state so it shouldn't be a big deal 
restart them if you get disconnected.   Just 'ssh -Y to your server
and start them by typing their name with an & to get the prompt back so 
you can start the next one.  Firefox might work as well remotely too 
except when you want to download to the local machine.  Or, just size 
the NX client screen down to what you want to devote to these apps.  I 
usually want the stateful stuff on the server side but that might change 
when I get a better laptop.

   Les Mikesell

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