A few days ago, Kurt Pfeifle very kindly offered me the opportunity to test NX. I'm an old guy and I thoroughly dislike buzzwords, but sometimes it's simply no way around particular ones. The expression I'm itching to use here is disruptive technology.
The drive test, that Kurt so nicely provided, simply left me in awe. I connected, from my home in Canada, through a DSL link, to a server located somewhere in Europe. A full HEAD KDE session (on X). With almost no noticeable slowdown. It simply worked marvelously. Remark that we don't speak VNC here. Right now, while I slowly build this entry, I'm connected in a full X session, at a resolution of 1152x864 (the size of my local screen). I browse kdedevelopers.org in konqueror. I play with the latest versions of different KDE-Edu applications (as I need kdissert and a few others for the school of my son). It is thoroughly awesome.
Each time I do this "let's play over there in Europe for a while" , I consistently start daydreaming. NX supports:
The utter beauty of all that I preach here is that NoMachine, the company behind NX, publishes and develops the core components and protocol under the GPL (of course, otherwise I wouldn't waste your time).
Kurt actually sounds the hunting horns on NX and FreeNX since quite a while. If you want a more detailed description, look at his aKademy-2004 presentation. I am quite puzzled that people are slow to get involved.
Of course, FreeNX needs love. And where things could really get amazing, is on the front of integration of FreeNX with KDE. There is already some activity, in the form of kNX, but much work is still to be done:
* seamless integration of FreeNX client in KRDC;
Please, just stop for a second and imagine how would you feel being on your daily bus or train ride and have your favorite portable device connected at home and seamlessly work in the session you just suspended a few minutes ago on your desk machine. Yummy, eh? I can't wait to have it happen. And you?
Post scriptum: I thank to Jack Johnson for the idea of today's title (respectfully borrowed from the first piece on his last album). Johnson's music makes my summer.