Computer History - Herong's Notes - Version 3.11, by Dr. Herong Yang
X Window Terminals
This section provides a quick introduction of X Terminals, computers without hard disks, running X server to provide GUI for X applications.
Because X Window System uses a client-server model with a network protocol, X server and X client applications can run on remotely connected computers.
Based on this design, special computers, called X Terminals, were developed to run X server only with no hard disks. X Terminals will boot over network, run X server, and become the graphical user interface (GUI) for any X client applications running on remote computers.
The picture below shows an X Terminal communicates with remote X client applications
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