Remote X

Russell Shaw rjshaw at
Tue Feb 2 17:23:54 PST 2010

Patrick O'Donnell wrote:
>> Date: Wed, 03 Feb 2010 01:18:01 +1100
>> From: Russell Shaw <rjshaw at>
>> User-Agent: Mozilla-Thunderbird (X11/20091109)
>> Sender: xorg-bounces at
>> Is remote execution of X clients away from the X server still regarded
>> as a design goal, or does everyone just develop for client applications
>> that only run on or close to the X server machine?
> I sure hope it is.  I typically run X clients on a variety of machines
> close and far.  It's one of the reasons I like (and depend on) X.  At
> the moment I have windows open on six different machines: the local
> workstation, one on a LAN, four over a VPN to a data center.  Three of
> the latter display at least in part by transferring pixmap data.
> Network round-trip latency to the data center is about 20-23 ms at the
> moment.

Ok. I will keep it as a priority. Other widget toolkits can be pretty
slow over networks i have found. I've wondered if they even bother
thinking about performance over networks.

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