[TUHS] X, Suntools, and the like

Josh Good pepe at naleco.com
Sun Mar 19 21:56:17 AEST 2017

On 2017 Mar 19, 16:11, Robert Brockway wrote:
> On Fri, 17 Mar 2017, Josh Good wrote:
> >The real problem is that X11 predates the "GUI desktop metaphor". In X11
> >forwarding you remote bitmaps (or vectors or primitives or whatever)
> >which belong to an app, whereas in RDP you remote bitmaps (and only
> >bitmaps, and never anything more than bitmaps) which belong to a "full,
> >self-contained, GUI desktop".
> Personally I've always strongly preferred that remote apps display on the 
> same desktop as local apps.  This offers seemless integration, especially 
> if the various servers share /home.
> Putting remote apps in a box always struck me as klunky.

Remoting single GUI apps can be useful in a scientific workstation and
similar settings (for example, managing some turbine in a power plant,
etc.). But remoting full, integrated desktop environments is more useful
for clerical office work and for remote administration of GUI-based
operating systems, or for remote administration of some workflow which
involves several GUI applications in a tool-chain kind of workflow.


Josh Good

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