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Distribution: Ubuntu 11.4,DD-WRT micro plus ssh,lfs-6.6,Fedora 15,Fedora 16
actually X is a reverse client-server model
the 'server' runs on the machine you are connecting from and the 'client' is the program that runs on the X server (any X program would be considered an X 'client')
as for remote, if you are doing a linux to linux connection try ssh -X machine then run the program from the command line
gimp& (the & forks the process and allows you to keep using the terminal)
from windows with putty, you go expand connection, then expant ssh and click on X11 and check enable x11 forwarding, you also need a windows based x server like xming, then follow the same procedure as a linux to linux connection for running commands