[TUHS] X and NeWS history (long)
jon at fourwinds.com
Wed Sep 13 13:01:13 AEST 2017
Grant Taylor writes:
> I personally really like the ability to SSH to a machine (*) using -XY
> and run Oracle's installer such that it's display shows up on my notebook.
Well, I agree that this is one area in which X does OK.
Although, being a command line sort of guy, I'm happy to ssh into a machine
and run commands. I try to avoid non-scriptable GUIs.
I don't administer headless machines, and stay very far away from Oracle.
I'm not sure what their installer does, but usually running X requires an
installed and running system.
So since a number of people have justified networked graphics we're back
to the question of what an API should look like. At a very high level,
it needs to be modular because there is no one thing that gets done with
graphics, and there's no reason to carry a huge API around just because
you need a small part of it. In particular, there is a distinction
between applications that spit out geometry and those that spit out mass
quantities of pixel/voxel data.
Also, because of the way that this discussion started, I'm not sure whether
or not resource management (windows, keyboard, etc.) falls under the
umbrella of graphics.
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