On Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 8:39 PM, Gisle Vanem <gva...@yahoo.no> wrote:
> "Chris Angelico" <ros...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> The only other time I've been waiting for X display was when I was
>> mobile, on a 3G connection, and using X11 forwarding on an SSH link
>> back to my home LAN.
> Doing X11 calls over a network could really be a nuisance for others. And an
> archaic design IMHO.
> I remember approx. 10 years ago a neighboring dept. at my work effectively
> killed our 10 MB/s Ethernet segment with such traffic (due to a
> misconfigured switch/router?). Running an ethernet analyzer showed a single
> X11 host-server session occupied ~80% bandwidth. AFAICR, it was a Sun
> A real PITA.
Either that was a horribly inefficient X11 connection (as mine was -
the virtual machine sent basically a constantly-updated bitmapped
image to rdesktop, which then couldn't do anything more efficient than
feed that image to the X server), or something was horribly
misconfigured. I've frequently done much more reasonable X11
forwarding, with high success and low traffic; for instance, I have
one Windows computer on which PDF viewing is so broken that it's
actually more efficient to use PuTTY and Xming to run evince on one of
my Linux boxes than to try to get Adobe Reader or equivalent to
actually run under Windows. (Okay, that says more about Windows and
Adobe stupidities than it does about X11 forwarding, but still, it's
not a lot of traffic.)