Re: replacing X Window System !

From: Helge Hafting
Date: Mon May 22 2006 - 06:12:14 EST

DÃhr, Markus ICC-H wrote:

Although one has to admit that working with remote X

terminals over a

SSH/WAN/VPN-connection is far from usefull, [...]

You can tunnel just about anything X11 over SSH/VPN/etc.; even things
like a whole desktop GUI; not just plain X terminals.

Did you actually do that? Starting Firefox over a 6 Mbit VPN takes about 3
minutes on a FAST machine. ThatÂs not acceptable - our users want (almost)
immediate response to an application, to clicking and waiting 10 seconds
until the app is doing something.

It is not that bad. I tried starting firefox on a machine 20km away,
using a 5Mbps ADSL link from the "wrong" end. (I ssh'ed into
my home pc from work.)
Firefox started in 55s, not 3min. Still bad, but that is a firefox
problem, not a generic X-tunneling problem. I can start the
lyx word processor in 3s over the same link, and have decent
performance while using it too.

Helge Hafting
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