[TUHS] X and NeWS history (long)
gtaylor at tnetconsulting.net
Wed Sep 13 12:27:09 AEST 2017
On 09/12/2017 07:42 PM, Arthur Krewat wrote:
> Try installing Oracle products on UNIX/Linux without X. Better yet, try
> doing it on a remote machine on the other side of the world.
Ouch! Doing it half way across the US was bad enough. I'd hate to
experience half way around the world.
> While KVMs like a Dell DRAC or Sun LOM, and virtualization consoles help
> a lot, it's nice to be able to "ssh -X" to a remote machine and run that
> installer back to my local VNC server.
(Don't forget the -Y to forward authentication. ;-)
I completely agree.
Also, I believe that graphic console has a completely different security
exposure compared to allowing someone to use X remotely. (Via ssh
forwarding or more traditionally across the network.)
> If I had a decent X windows implementation locally, I'd use that instead
> of VNC.
I actually ended up going the other way. X11 is nice when it works.
However, I found that I spent a LOT of time waiting on X11 to chat back
and forth. Comparatively VNC is (IMHO) a lot better at lower bandwidth
and / or higher latency.
Also, running Xvnc (server) on the remote system allows you to
(dis)connect the VNC client at will. Same advantages as screen / tmux,
but for X11.
> X had it's issues. But it's still alive and well - maybe because of Java ;)
I personally look fondly on the days when you could set the DISPLAY
variable and launch your GUI application.
Grant. . . .
unix || die
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