Re: replacing X Window System !

From: alan
Date: Tue May 16 2006 - 19:04:49 EST

On Tue, 16 May 2006, Valdis.Kletnieks@xxxxxx wrote:

On Tue, 16 May 2006 15:19:16 PDT, alan said:

First of all, your assumptions are incorrect. Modern versions of X are
not old, unoptimised, will do remote sessions, etc.

Remote sessions have been there as long as the DISPLAY environment variable - I
think even X10.4, 2 decades and more ago, could do that. I know that it worked
just fine 18 years ago with X11R1 (aah... building that from source on a 25mz
Sun3 took a little while). (Anybody know when the first instance of
pointing 'xmelt' at another user's machine for amusement was? :)

Yep. I know. Most people don't seem to know that X was designed to do remote connections very early on.

It's interesting that almost every attempt to devise something "better than X"
always seems to get as far as an Xterm-alike, an XClock-alike, a primitive
window manager, and 2 or 3 toy demo programs. Then, unless you're Microsoft
or Apple, you discover that doing a complete window system is *hard*.....

"Those who do not learn the lessons of X are doomed to reimpliment them badly."

"Waiter! This lambchop tastes like an old sock!" - Sheri Lewis
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