1. The X terminals
2. The server
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The minimum usable X terminal is a 386/sx 25mhz with 4 megs
of ram. While not that fast, it makes a usable station
to run a web browser (such as netscape). Image will display
fast enough. Scrolling won't be fast though (some wave effect).
While the machine display slowly, the application server
has no problem feeding it. The machine operates slowly, but
without any pause. As such it makes a confortable station.
One must note that 386 computers are older than the Linux
project. We have found that few have unsupported video
adaptors (or less than capable ones). Unfortunatly, finding
replacement video adaptor for those machines is not easy.
Those machines are generally using ISA slots.
- Recommended X terminal
- While faster is always better, we have found that a 486 computer
using a Vesa local bus or PCI video adaptor offers a very good
performance. Redrawing and scrolling is crisp. For example
a DX/2-66 with a ATI Mach32-2meg is a cool station, running
smoothly in 64k colors mode.
- Memory and disk drive
With 16 megs of ram, you do not need a hard drive at all
on the X terminals. With 4 or 8 megs, we recommend
setting a small swap file (8 megs). The installation kit
will do it for you. It will create the swap file in the
No Linux software is installed on the harddrive, so the
machine may be both an X terminal and a normal DOS/Windows