Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jun 2008 22:09 UTC, submitted by diegocg
X11, Window Managers "Maybe I'm just naive, but designing a graphics API such that all image data had to be sent over a socket to another process every time the image needed to be drawn seems like complete idiocy. Unfortunately, that is precisely what the X Window System forces a program to do, and exactly what Cairo does when drawing images in Linux - a full copy of the image data, send to another process, no less, every time it is drawn. One would think there would be some room for improvement. Unsurprisingly, others felt the same way about X, and decided to write an extension, Xlib Shm or XShm for short, that allows images to placed in a shared memory segment from which the X server reads which allows the program to avoid the memory copy. GTK already makes use of the XShm extension, and it seems like a good idea to see if Gecko couldn't do the same."
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RE[2]: Overstated conclusion
by siride on Sun 29th Jun 2008 05:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Overstated conclusion"
siride
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I've used such and I haven't found X to be slower really at all. In fact, because two machines are involved, it created a sort of dual core environment, where one CPU did X and the other (on the remote machine) ran all the programs.

Of course, GTK+ was a little laggy, but it's that way even with a local connection.

I've also done remote X across a campus network (actually, between two networks on the campus) and it was tolerable, with a little bit of lag. Part of the problem was the shitty X server running on a slow Windows machine on my end.

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