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RE: Launch App without X-Windows

Or no Desktop Manager...no KDM, GDM, ETC... 

-----Original Message-----
From: Kevin Mark [mailto:kevin.mark@verizon.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 2:24 PM
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
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
Hi Stephen,
here is some info:
firefox requires X windows. X windows has certain requirements.
video card->kernel modules->kernel-> X windows modules-> x
                                                   window manager+
						      x libraries+
There are many types of applications:
frame-buffer based

x based
- -athena-based
- -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
Package: xvfb
Priority: optional
Section: x11
Installed-Size: 3800
Maintainer: Debian X Strike Force <debian-x@lists.debian.org>
Architecture: i386
Source: xorg-server
Version: 2:1.1.1-14
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.3.6-6), libfontenc1, libxau6, libxdmcp6, libxfont1,
zlib1g (>= 1:1.2.1)
Recommends: xbase-clients
Filename: pool/main/x/xorg-server/xvfb_1.1.1-14_i386.deb
Size: 1536234
MD5sum: 4f008f696f8aa23aef59090898a2a63b
SHA1: 539a380d0dc0f16ba81c7eeb371e307524645d0e
SHA256: 8590b30e11df3684e49bd70b5946215eeab71d64881974507b15279c933559cf
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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