RE: Launch App without X-Windows
Or no Desktop Manager...no KDM, GDM, ETC...
From: Kevin Mark [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 2:24 PM
Subject: Re: Launch App without X-Windows
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On Wed, Jan 10, 2007 at 01:55:21PM -0500, Stephen Yorke wrote:
> Hello all and thanks in advance to any replies I get to this message.
> I have a couple of things...
> What I want to do is be able to launch applications without actually
> loading X. What I mean is, I want to load RDesktop or Firefox or some
> other application and without actually having a desktop environment
> have the applications still launch for me.
> 1. What necessary pieces would I absolutely have to have in place?
> (Window Manager, Video stuff, Mouse, Keyboard, ETC) 2. Any recommended
> links to read about what I actually want to do?
> Thanks a lot, Stephen
here is some info:
firefox requires X windows. X windows has certain requirements.
video card->kernel modules->kernel-> X windows modules-> x
There are many types of applications:
- -qt based
- -gtk based
- -other toolkits
- -x frame buffer based
The only way I know of running an X windows app with out using a regular
X server is by using the x virtual frame buffer server.
$ apt-cache show xvfb
Maintainer: Debian X Strike Force <email@example.com>
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.3.6-6), libfontenc1, libxau6, libxdmcp6, libxfont1,
zlib1g (>= 1:1.2.1)
Description: Virtual Framebuffer 'fake' X server Xvfb provides an X
server that can run on machines with no display hardware and no
physical input devices. It emulates a dumb framebuffer using virtual
memory. The primary use of this server was intended to be server
testing, but other novel uses for it have been found, including testing
clients against unusual depths and screen configurations, doing batch
processing with Xvfb as a background rendering engine, load testing, as
an aid to porting the X server to a new platform, and providing an
unobtrusive way to run applications that don't really need an X server
but insist on having one anyway.
This package also contains a convenience script called xvfb-run which
simplifies the automated execution of X clients in a virtual server
environment. This convenience script requires the use of the xauth
More information about X.Org can be found at:
This module can be found as the module 'xserver/xorg' at
Tag: interface::framebuffer, network::server, role::program,
x11::xserver cheers, Kev
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