I actually have 2 problems, only one of which needs to be solved, as FC6 and FC8 have different issues preventing "successful" install.
First, what I am trying to do:
I am attempting to set up a series of "Dumb Terminals" that run an application hosted on another machine (HP-UX) One machine is to display the CDE login from the HP-UX host. The other 2 are to simply show a blank terminal when not in use.
All three machines are Dell Optiplex 360s with Intel G31/G33/G35 graphics chipsets
gdm.conf files for the 3 machines:
3: 0=Terminal -query host
First up, the issue with FC6:
The application that is to be run tends to misbehave when the color depth is set above 256 color (8 bit). The "in-box" intel driver does not work, but the vesa driver does. I've been trying to rebuild the intel driver like I had to do for the network card but I run into a snag when running the configure script. The script exits with an error saying that LibDRM is not installed, however I have installed libDRM and rebuilt the kernel.
When I set the color depth to 8 using the vesa driver, the colors are all messed up. This is rather important as the displays are color-coded to aid in data visualization. If I set the color to anything higher, printing doesn't work properly. XPR complains that 24-bit deep bitmaps are not supported.
So, if I can either get the VESA driver to display properly or get the intel driver to work, I can use FC6 to accomplish what I need.
Now, the issue with FC8:
First of all, when running gdmsetup, under X server setup (security tab, iirc) only Standard is available under the drop-down menu. There is no selection for Terminal or Chooser. I don't know if this is indicative of a problem or if it is just a minor issue with the graphic configuration tool.
When I edit the gdm custom.conf file manually and change 0=Standard to 0=Terminal, X keeps crashing when I restart GDM. I can see the same "X" cursor that is there when running the FC6 machines in terminal mode for about half a second before it flashes off and retries 6 times, upon which it displays an error message saying "X has crashed 6 times in the past 90 seconds, something bad is probably happening, retry in 2 minutes"
Now, if I run the command X -audit 0 -terminate from a VT below 7, it works as expected, even when I have it query the host.
If I can get the FC8 machine to load a terminal at boot properly, I can use FC8 to accomplish what I need.
Both setups have all necessary entries in /etc/hosts and X0.hosts.
I've included custom.conf, xorg.conf, xorg.0.log, xorg.1.log, and the output from dmesg from the machine with FC8 installed. The files are more or less the same for the FC6 machines with the exception of the video driver being used (vesa instead of intel)