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What is xming?

What is this program called xming? I've been trying to find a definition of what xming is but I still don't understand it because of all the computer jargon. Can anyone break it down in regular terms for me and how its used?
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Barthax

8/22/2022 - Mon
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I sorta get it now. Can you give me an example where xming would come in handy? Thanks again
Barthax

If you have a Linux (for example) machine and a Windows machine but only the one monitor.  You could ssh (non-standard app on Windows) from the Windows machine and create an ssh tunnel through which the Linux applications can be displayed:

ssh -YC <other machine>

The -Y allows the X windows to get tunneled through the SSH.  The more traditional (ancient and insecure) method is to telnet to the machine running X and set the DISPLAY= environment, then run your application.

In either circumstance, your Xming then permits the display of the Linux application on your Windows machine - just as though it is another application on your desktop.  If you've experienced XP Mode on a Windows 7 machine - it's roughly the same experience: the "XP" application appears on the Windows 7 desktop as though it is a native application.  The only way I know of performing this sort of thing between two windows machines is to fork out thousands for a Citrix solution (which requires a Terminal Server) - naturally, I could be out of touch in that regard.
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