Linked by lopisaur on Fri 25th Jun 2010 22:21 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Based upon a recent email to the X.Org developers' mailing list, Canonical is nearing the point of one of their goals for Ubuntu 10.10 of a rootless X Server, or being able to run the X.Org Server without root privileges.
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RE[2]: Big deal...
by spiderman on Mon 28th Jun 2010 05:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Big deal..."
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Replacing X with something new would be very welcomed by me. I'm a GUI toolkit and desktop application developer. X has the worst performance of the big three (OSX, Windows, X) - even a relatively new project like Haiku seems to have better graphics performance than X.

Use the frame buffer then. The rest of us are happy with GTK works FB, your toolkit should be able to do it to.

I hope one of the big players like IBM could start such a project. Many individual developers have tried, but those projects very quickly get discarded.
The frame buffer is well supported by linux. It is just that all applications are running on X because it is much better.

As for the "wonderful" remote/networking support built into X - I don't see that as relevant any more. That was designed for mono terminal displays of 20+ year ago. VNC, RDP and a host of others all manage the same thing (in color) with much better performance!
Not even close. VNC is a hack and will always be a hack. It runs on the server, which means the server has all the bloat and security holes. It runs at fixed resolution and you can only run a full desktop, not a single window. use X with FreeNX just to see how much VNC and RDP suck.

Apple had the right idea with OSX, by writing their own GUI - it's time the rest of the *nix world wakes up to that fact - X11 sucks in performance.
And who run MacOS X on a server?

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