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Mac LC II as X-terminal

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Does someone have ideas about how I could turn an old Mac into an X-terminal? (To use with a Linux-computer over a home-network)?
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by:weed
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Well you should be able to install a version on linux on it first off. If its a 68k mac you can get linux from http://www.mac.linux-m68k.org/ ....From there its just a matter of installing the necessary software in linux. Of course you could also ditch the x-term idea and just telnet across.
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by:dondelelcaro
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You may want to try MI/X, available from <A HREF="http://www.microimages.com">http://www.microimages.com</A>

Their 68k X server is currently free and works reasonably well. Unfortunatly, they don't seem to be supporting it, so you may have a problem installing the necessary fonts to get it to work.. (Use bbedit to turn the text format from mac  to unix...)

They also have a PPC version if your old mac is not that old. [I currently use MI/X on my 9500/G3 300 to remotely administer a bunch of linux boxen scatered throughout campus]


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by:thofram
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I installed the MI/X-program, but it hangs when I try to launch a program. I can't make a program direct its screen-output to de mac either, although following the included instructions. Maybe it is beacause I didn't change the fonts. How should I do that?
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by:dondelelcaro
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Pick up a copy of BBEdit available from just about anywhere...

Go through each font (font/bdf/misc/*.bdf) and change it from mac format to unix format. [Changes the CR to LF]

To direct output to MI/X, you need to set the display variable in unix.

In bash (the most common shell) type export DISPLAY="YOU.RIP.NUM.BER:0.0"
For most other shells, you go env DISPLAY="YOU.RIP.NUM.BER:0.0"

Make sure you have allowed connections to MI/X from other machines, and you should be ok...

then you should be able to launch emacs (emacs &) and see the emacs show up in MI/X, just like you were sitting on X at the console. [Well, almost like].

As far as hanging goes, I haven't really had a problem... does it say anything when it hangs? [If it says "unexpected value detected: FONT START COMMENT blah blah" then it's the font thingie going on... if it hangs the machine, then I have no idea...]
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by:thofram
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I think I found the problem: when I change the setting to allow all hosts, it says that changes will only have effect after a restart, but when I restart, the changes are gone...
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by:dondelelcaro
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Try allowing your specific host. I seem to remember that being a problem, but I don't know... do any of the other configuration settings stay?

Could be that the preferences file is corrupted or something... I could arrange to send you a working one...




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Rather than using an X-terminal I would recommend using VNC from http://www.uk.research.att.com/vnc/

from their website:.."VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. It is, in essence, a remote display system which allows you to view a computing 'desktop' environment not only on the machine where it is running, but from anywhere on the Internet and from a wide variety of machine architectures."

It has a client that works on 68K macs. I tried using X on my MacOS G3 to a LinuxPPC 7200  and eventually settled on this. I can easily switch to full screen view and have gnome running full screen with MacOS hiden. It is much easier and far more stable. In fact if the mac crashes, you just reconnect to your desktop and everything is still running on your Linux Box.

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