X server for original PC (8088/8086)

Jerry Kemp other at oryx.us
Fri Aug 19 20:21:54 CDT 2016

similar story, many lifetimes ago in the mid 1990's (1994-1996).

I was supporting a small ISP in a (US side) border town with T1 Internet 
connectivity.  I was dialing in to provide remote support using an HP Vectra 
running Solaris 2.5 (not 2.5.1 yet :( ) with a US Robotics 28.8 modem.  No SSH.

I never attempted a full desktop, but several times I recall running X11 based 
apps, exporting the Display to my local x86 Solaris PC.

It was always slow, but once loaded and running, it was enough to get the task I 
needed complete.

None of that would ever fly today.  or even a decade ago.


On 08/19/16 05:32 PM, Mouse wrote:
>> While I wouldn't want to use such a combination over, say, 1200bps dialup, i$
> I decided to try this.
> I just set up a SLIP link between my main desktop head (a
> SPARCstation-20) and a handy peecee, running at 9600/8/N/1 on each end.
> I then sshed through the SLIP link to the peecee and started a terminal
> emulator, displaying on the ssh-forwarded X display.  (My own terminal
> emulator, running with just base X fonts - in particular, with
> server-side font rendering.)
> It's no speed demon, but it is entirely usable.  I've had less usable
> ssh sessions between cities when the inter-city links were heavily
> loaded.
> This is without even LBX, which I would expect would improve
> performance substantially but which has proven resistant to use.  (I've
> been unable to get anything but connection rejections out of it; I
> don't know why, but don't want to hare off on chasing after that with
> an email pending.)
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