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At my college some 20 years ago they ran HPUX and had several X-terminals (terminals with graphic-cards that ran an X server, but left the running of X clients to the main computer). The college had several servers, so rather than getting the normal Display Manager screen with GUI login and password prompt, you got a list of servers with their load-averages. Once you selected one of the server, you got the usual Display Manager prompt.

What is the generic name of such a choosers? (I mean "generic" in the way WindowManager is generic as opposed to mwm, fvwm or afterstep and DisplayManager is generic as opposed to xdm, mdm and asdm).

Is it a specific program, or something like an option to the DisplayManager? If it's a specific program, which are available? Are there any which is part of the standard X packages (or perhaps as a contrib)?


Wordlist (what I mean):

  • DisplayManager: Used with GUI-logins, prompts for username and password.
  • WindowManager: Draws window-borders, allows resizing, moving, minimizing etc. Often with extra functions (like DesktopManager).
  • DesktopManager: Allow switching between separate and/or parts of an oversized desktop.
  • DesktopEnviroment: Combination of WM, DesktopManager and a set of commonly used utilities and applicatins; all with a similar look and feel, all integrated (more or less) together, often with some standards about menu choices and buttons (easy to recognize between different programs).
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Pretty sure you are looking for is X display manager.

Apologies for too short a response, I meant to expand, saying that everything you are looking for is available at that wiki page. It is just a DisplayManager that is configured to show remote options. Look at the section on XDMCP for specifics on how that works.

If you want an example of how to configure a specific DisplayManager. I'm sure someone can work on that.

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