Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 11th Nov 2003 21:43 UTC, submitted by John
X11, Window Managers The new X Server developed under the sponsorship of freedesktop.org is aiming at replacing XFree86. Some code will be re-used but the core will be rewritten by Keith Packard and others. The new X server features full support for transparency, and has window-level image compositing among other things. Check out the screenshots (one more added, now there are four shots).
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On the speed of VNC vs Terminal Server
by vrt3 on Wed 12th Nov 2003 16:05 UTC

To those saying that VNC is slower than Terminal Server: it depends a lot on the OS at the remote end. VNC server on Unix is faster than VNC server on Windows. On Unix, the VNC server behaves like an X server as far as the applications are concerned, so it knows exactly when to update and what parts of the screen to update. On Windows, there is no easy way for it to find out what to update, so it uses some heuristics and takes screen shots (I assume Terminal Server, being developed by MS, is able to place hooks deeper in graphical subsystem, somewhere in the GDI I would think).