Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Xephyr - Multiple nested X sessions

Filed under
Software
HowTos

If the title of this article sounds like something from Star Trek, you're not far off. It's a very geeky thing, which allows you to export X (GUI) applications as separate entities on top of your desktop. Indeed, Xephyr is an X server utility. As such, it allows you to manage your virtual consoles, without leaving the safety and comfort of your desktop.

What is Xephyr good for?

Well, except for impressing girls with your omnipotent computing skills, you can use it for development of applications, demonstration of tools and secure forwarding of X sessions without VNC.

This article is referenced from a very nicely written tutorial at Ubuntu forums, by bodhi.zazen. Most of the critical information is there, I've just polished it a little, added some extra examples and a sprinkling of screenshots.

Anyhow, demonstrated on Ubuntu 9.10.




More in Tux Machines

Ubuntu Snappy Core Runs on Banana Pi BPI-M2 with Linux Kernel 4.1.6, Download Now

After reporting last week news about the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) operating system running on the Banana Pi BPI-M1 SBC (Single-board computer) device, we're informing you today that Snappy Ubuntu Core runs on Banana Pi BPI-M2. Read more

Linux 4.3

Using Linux Mint: Common tasks, features and to-dos for the first-timer

Linux-based operating systems are like those friends you make in high school--you know the type: reserved, quirky and not quite like the rest of the pack. But intelligent and the kind that, once you get to know them, will stand by you through thick and thin. Ok, that may be a stretch, but you get the idea. Linux comprises but a fraction of a percent of operating systems deployed, and with reason--it’s traditionally been difficult to set up and use. Which is why it used to appeal only to users with a higher level of computer proficiency: basically geeks. But while this was the case back in the day, plenty has changed--today installing and using it is very comparable to the Windows experience. Read more

Google, Microsoft Create Alliance for Open Media

The founding members are Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix. The goal is to "create a new, open royalty-free video codec specification based on the contributions of members, along with binding specifications for media format, content encryption and adaptive streaming." The word open is used many times in the announcement, but only once with source. Is "open" the same thing as "open source?" Roy Schestowitz at Tuxmachines.org doesn't think so. He organized the news of the AOM under the title "OpenWashing (Fake FOSS)." Read more Also: Comments on the Alliance for Open Media, or, "Oh Man, What a Day" Mozilla's mobile misstep puts the Web at risk