Re: client /server relatiionship in linux
- --- In LINUX_Newbies@yahoogroups.com, "Joe PM" <jpmcsale@...> wrote:
>Any Linux system running X Window as their GUI is a client server system. Because X Window runs as a server and X sessions are network connections. I think they did it like that historically simply because UNIX style OSes run servers so well so it turned out to be easy to do, or something. Plus long ago machines powerful enough to run X Window were scarce so remote X sessions were more common than they are today.
> I come from a windows tech background. I am having a hard time understanding Linux client / server setup as a total concept.
> Do you create useers on the server then login from a client with that id and password? Or are linux servers just for file sharing like ftp and user id's are only created on the clients?
> Thanks for any enlightenment...
For whatever reason, perhaps because it still works so well, X is still a server. As for why there are multiple accounts that is because UNIX style OSes are also multi user systems. They always have been. Today with a personal desktop system it is of little consequence. A lot of distributions do not even allow a straight root login so your user account is the only one that you can practically access. I don't consider "su" actually being a user, but masquerading temporarily as one. Whether that is technically correct or not I don't care, it is just how I see it.
Because so many programs use http as their help now you're likely going to be running a web server just so you have help in programs. Something that I find rather annoying but oh well I guess.