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

Hi Thomas,

On Fr 13 Jan 2012 12:10:16 CET Thomas Goirand wrote:

On 01/13/2012 05:23 PM, Mike Gabriel wrote:
Hi Alex,

On Fr 13 Jan 2012 10:00:29 CET Alexander Wirt wrote:

Note that we have tested loads of different build variants against
Xorg 7. The highest stability (which is virtually no session crashes
anymore) we ever achieved is by the way we currently build the code
as one monolith.
This is not about stability. It is about being able to distribute it.
ftpmasters already said "no" to nx and I don't think anything changed

Yes, got that completely! And: I am searching for a new realm of
possiblities here. Somehow some non-Debian binaries made it into
Debian (by external download), for example. What new ways can be
possible here is my question?


If I may ask...
Why isn't the NX development made directly into Xorg?


That would have been optimal, indeed. I can only guess here...

For business development supporting free projects (that is: generically contributing to Xorg 6.9 when it was the newest stuff around, in the old days) takes a much greater amount of time and effort (and money) which not always works out for business models.

Esp. generic development and continuous maintenance needs idealism that some development businesses may have, some may not. In case of NX, NoMachine took the Xorg tree, made a very nice peace of software out of it but lacked community re-integration. This is nothing bad, this is normal for business strategies... But it lacks long-term sustainability. And in the Xorg community no one was interested in upstream integration either.

There are loads of other projects around that stumble over the same point... and fall... and vanish in the long run...

Everything in this mail is just a guess, things in reality have very probably been completely different.

Thanks for asking,


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