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Advanced Linux Networking by Roderick W. Smith

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Chapter 14. Handling GUI Access with X and VNC Servers

Chapter 13 covered remote text-based login servers (rlogind, Telnet, and SSH). These servers, in conjunction with appropriate client programs on other computers, allow users to log in and run text-based programs on a Linux computer. Because Linux (and UNIX more generally) supports a wide range of text-based tools, such text-based remote access servers allow users to perform most types of tasks with Linux. Many users, though, are most comfortable with a graphical user interface (GUI) for running programs. By themselves, text-based login servers don't support full GUIs, so users can't run popular GUI programs like The GIMP, Netscape Navigator, or StarOffice. (A few programs, like Emacs, support ...

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