I've got an i686 with 64MB ram running RH 6.0 on a small lan at home. I've also got three i486 machines ($15.00 college surplus boxes) with 16 MB ram and small hard drives running RH 6.0 on the same lan.
The 486 machines are, of course, pretty slow running X -- particularly with memory intensive apps like Netscape, Star Office, Word Perfect, etc.
What I'd like to do (as an experiment before I try it at work with a much more powerful file server) is to set up the 486 machines as Xterminals for the 686. The 686 would not actually be headless, but I would not use it locally except for sys admin tasks.
I would like the 486 machines to boot to X from their hard drives and display the xdm graphical login for the 686 box.
I've searched the howto's and various articles. The problem is, they allude to scripts that must be written - without specifying the scripts -- and I'm too much of a newbie to figure out how to do this on my own.
I did try exporting Netscape from the 686 to an Xsession on one of the 486 machines and achieved a tremendous improvement in speed over running Netscape locally on the 486 -- but the process of telneting to the 686 and invoking xhost+ and all that isn't what I'm looking for in terms of difficulty of use for my kids at home and users at the office. I want to configure the system so that users can sit down to a 486 and login to an Xsession on the 686 without having to go through that setup each time.
Any ideas? And maybe most important, is it actually possible to do with RH 6.0?