Re: [Pkg-x2go-devel] Bug#655618: ITP: nx-libs -- NX protocol libraries and binaries
On Fri, 2012-01-13 at 00:37 +0100, Stefan Lippers-Hollmann wrote:
> On Friday 13 January 2012, Mike Gabriel wrote:
> > Package: wnpp
> > Version: N/A; reported 2012-01-06
> > Severity: wishlist
> > * Package name : nx-libs
> > Version : 126.96.36.199
> > Upstream Author : Mike Gabriel, Oleksandr Shneyder, Reinhard Tartler
> > * URL : wiki.x2go.org
> > * License : GPLv2
> > Description : NX protocol libraries and binaries
> > NX (redist) aka nx-libgs.git on: http://git.x2go.org
> > http://code.x2go.org/gitweb?p=nx-libs.git;a=summary
> > - full code base -> master branch
> > - lite/client-only code base -> client-only branch
> This appears to still contain a full (according to its size and a short
> look at your packaging git), forked monolithic X.org 6.9 source tree.
> Most likely with little to no bug-/ security fixes since 2005 - or am
> I missing anything vital in that packaging git? Likewise the current
> debian/copyright appears to lack all copyright notices of the original
> XFree86/ X.org code, which makes up, by far, most of the source.
> What are the plans for its future maintenance, given that NoMachine NX4
> appears to switch to a closed source development model and is likely to
> abandon the NX 3.5 code base rather soon? In a similar fashion FreeNX
> appears to be dead upstream since November 2008 (and already was dead
> way before that).
> Wouldn't it make more sense to concentrate on filling the gaps to
> re-use something like Red Hat's SPICE protocol for remote desktop uses?
I am very concerned about the old X code, too and we are actively
watching SPICE. SPICE has extraordinary potential but it is still
slower than NX on WAN links - not much but enough to make a user
noticeable difference. As SPICE improves, I think we should consider it
seriously. Its cross platform support is very good which would no
longer limit X2Go server to Windows only and the idea of an adaptive
protocol is absolutely intriguing. I long for the day we can
realistically do video playing on the virtual desktop across a WAN.
Thanks - John