Xbrowser main window looks like a Windows Explorer. It consists of a menubar, a toolbar, an address bar, a workspace and a status bar, as shown in the figure below.
The workspace displays the hosts which respond to an XDMCP query message. An icon on the workspace denotes the type of a session. Xbrowser supports three kinds of sessions: Dynamic, Static and Xstart.
The list below describes each session.
|Dynamic||Xbrowser sends a broadcast message on
local LAN and finds these sessions dynamically. To find hosts in
another subnet, you can add IP addresses in the Options dialog box.
All dynamic sessions have the same configuration. To change the configuration of a session, right-click on the session, click Save As, right-click on the newly created session and then click Properties.
|Static||A Static session is bound to a specific remote
host. You can create it by copying from a dynamic session or using
New Session Wizard. If the
remote host does not respond to the XDMCP query message, the icon
Passive and XDMCP broadcast sessions are also considered to be static sessions.
You can create a shortcut of a session, save as a file, configure its options or send it to another user via email.
|Xstart||Xbrowser can create and manage Xstart sessions. You can also create these sessions in the Xstart program on your preference. Xbrowser and Xstart share all Xstart sessions. By double-clicking an Xstart session, you can run a remote X application as easily as it is on your Windows machine.|
Xbrowser sends broadcast messages periodically and refreshes the workspace appropriately. By default the refresh cycle is 300 seconds. If a host does not respond to the message in a few seconds, the icon is changed to a dim shape.
In general, all UNIX/Linux systems support XDMCP service, and there should be no problem in finding a remote host in the Xbrowser window. In some cases, the remote host is not configured to service XDMCP requests, and the host is not displayed on the list. Then you should contact your system administrator to set up XDMCP service in the remote host.
By default Xbrowser does not search a host that resides in another network segment. To search the host on a different network, you should add its IP address in the Options dialog box. Note that XDMCP connection does not work if a firewall exists between your Windows and the remote host.