From a desktop perspective, a typical network configuration may contain some combination of these major components:
Displays—where the X server is running
Login/Session servers—where the desktop applications (Login Manager, Workspace Manager, and the like.) run
One of the most common network configurations involves systems accessing an application server. Figure 7–1 illustrates a workstation that uses an application server. The X server and desktop session are running on the workstation.
Networks also frequently use file servers to store large amounts of data. This data may be used by applications running on an application server, or by the desktop applications (for example, File Manager needs access to data files to display them in the File Manager window).