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Re: Bug#655618: ITP: nx-libs -- NX protocol libraries and binaries

Hi Brianm,

On Fr 13 Jan 2012 04:04:38 CET "brian m. carlson" wrote:

On Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 12:57:37AM +0100, Mike Gabriel wrote:
On Fr 13 Jan 2012 00:37:57 CET Stefan Lippers-Hollmann wrote:
>forked monolithic X.org 6.9 source tree.

This is indeed the case.

I can't speak for the ftpmasters and Security Team, but honestly I can't
see why they would allow this in the archive or in any stable release,

>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.

The X2Go upstream team will be open to security and feature patches
and will love to be pointed at security issues discovered. In the
very very very long run there might be someone (we are currently
talking about people in Austria being interested in such a project)
who refactors NX for latest Xorg code, but currently what we can
provide is an active maintenance of NoMachine's code.

I think you're missing the issue here.  Since X.org 6.9, there's been a
lot of bug fixes and improved code.  So you're essentially using an
obsolete codebase with a new protocol hacked on.  The Security Team does
not like code copies.  Porters do not like patching the same software
again and again, except with slight differences that make it impossible
to reuse the same patches[0].

Thanks for pointing that out more explicitly. I have been basically aware of this but probably not to its full extent.

And still, my basic (inner and outer) question is:

 1. how can we enrol other people with our endeavour
 2. what is needed to enrol people
 3. is there anyonr in this discussion who can point us to next possible steps
    towards acceptance of the packages

I see a great use case for having a low-bandwidth, high-latency remote desktop solution in Debian and the X2Go people are really willing to make an effort to make X2Go server inclusion in Debian happen.

BTW: I got personal feedback from Marcelo Boveto Shima, FreeNX. The project has become silent, though not dead (as Stefan stated). I asked him to contribute to this thread...



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