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Xl1200 as x server
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 90 14:23 EDT
From: miller@GEM.cam.nist.gov (Bruce R. Miller)
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 90 10:06 EDT
From: SWM@SAPSUCKER.SCRC.Symbolics.COM (Scott McKay)
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 90 12:20:37 EDT
From: email@example.com (Bart Burns)
We are interested in running Genera applications via x windows on
hostile platforms, using xl1200s as "Genera servers" . Anybody out
ther doing this?
We were showing exactly this capability at AAAI, in the form of a
SPARCstation 1 networked to a MacIvory using X. It was surprisingly
usable, much better than I would have thought. When we connected to
the XL1200, it was about as good as a local console (except for the
Sun keyboard, of course :-).
Just how does this work (for the X naive)? Can you run pretty much
anything on the lispm? Or does it have to be rewritten for X (like
applications running on hostile platforms)? Or does it have to be
otherwise X `compatible' in some fashion? If not all apps can run, can
you give a brief idea of what can & cant?
On the console of the SPARCstation, we were running DocEx, Zmail, etc.
It all just works.
In particular can Macsyma be run (and get graphics and stuff)? This
would be a good argument for spending some money on this.
I presume it will work.
And, since you only mentioned Ivories; How does it do with a lowly 3640?
The slower the machine, the slower the response, just like everywhere
else. (If you really want to save money, trade your 3640 in for an
XL1200, and then share the XL1200 among several users. I know that this
will not work very well for Macsyma, but it might work pretty well for
more modern applications.)
Finally, rumor had it that in previous incarnations the X client (or was it the
server?) was fairly buggy. Is the 8.0 version better?
Lots of time and effort were spent making all of this stuff work
properly so that the UX400S could be made to work. It works very well