Robert Myers rbmyersusa at
Thu Aug 19 20:44:14 UTC 2010

On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 4:29 PM, JB <jb.1234abcd at> wrote:
> Steve Blackwell <zephod <at>> writes:
>> I want to be able to log in to another computer from this computer
>> using XDMCP. Assuming that I have configured the other computer
>> correctly, a big assumption to be sure, what do I have to do to GDM to
>> show a menu or some other way of displaying the available XDMCP
>> computers on my login screen?
>> I get plenty of google hits on GDM & XDMCP but they all appear to be
>> about how to configure GDM to allow a remote computer to log in to my
>> local computer and not the other way around.
>> Is XDMCP even the right way to go? Should I be using VNC? I know XDMCP
>> is inherently insecure but this is on a local private network.
>> Thanks,
>> Steve
> Hi,
> is it about XDMCP Chooser ?
> Gnome Display Manager Reference Manual
> 3. Configuration
> 3.2.6. XDCMP Chooser Options

That's interesting information.  For me, personally, I've spent too
much time fiddling with the idiosyncracies and frequent changes to
files in /etc by Fedora already, and I've given up on both xdmcp and
vnc, and, in fact on exporting desktops altogether.  I'm tired of
hidden or wacky exported panels, too.

Linux makes a great x-server.   The baggage of the desktop is just an
unnecessary nuisance.  Open your local copy of Linux, ssh -X into
whatever remote machine you want,  and run anything you want,
including Gnome GUI applications, from a terminal.

If you need the crutch of the gui command menus (and I do), use
alacarte to export the menus.

If you want to get full mileage out of this strategy, start all but
one machine runlevel 3.


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