CosmoPOD offers free remote KDE desktops over NX. Anyone can sign up to have their own desktop accessible from any computer with a network connection. CosmoPOP uses KDE’s Kioskstyle.html framework to ensure security for their system. To find out more about the service and why KDE was the chosen desktop, KDE Dot News spoke to the man behind CosmoPOD, Stephen Ensor.
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2005-10-30 6:47 pmAnonymous
Indeed. nothing but facts in this piece. I’m using KDE and Openoffice and I am excited about KOffice switching to OpenDocument. Now I can start working in Koffice and switch easily to Openoffice if I find something lacking. I use MS Excel 2000 on wine because both Calc and Kspread are not capable of doing some of the larger spread sheet s and graphing I need. If I could switch to 100% K apps I would be a happy guy.
2005-10-30 6:50 pmm_abs
How big spreadsheets do you need?
OOo2.0 calc supports up-to 64K rows, but it do get somewhat slow at loading larger spreadsheets.
I must say that I like the general idea…
…but could somebody send a decent webdesigner in the general direction of CosmoPOD? 😉
Did anybody check them out?
Do they have some kind of Data-Security thing going? (Or encryption?) I am not sure if I am too keen on storing lots of personal data on foreign servers without having at least someone say “I promise I will not look at the data!”
2005-10-30 6:48 pmAnonymous
I didn’t find much information on any sort of data privacy, so I share your concern.
Sadly, I think that for users to truly adopt something like this, it needs to be from a company they trust.
2005-10-30 6:49 pmAnonymous
I guess they opened up their service to soon. Invitation only beta’s google-style would have been a smarter idea. Free marketing and a knowledgable beta-testing crowd.
I think the server is a bid overloaded, since it has been on verious IT-news sites.
I find this idea interesting, all though I’d never store my private data on a remote server on the internet, unless it’s my own .
2005-10-30 7:04 pmcm__
> I find this idea interesting, all though I’d never
> store my private data on a remote server on the
> internet, unless it’s my own .
I agree with both points. I find it interesting but would only run the server on my own machine for any serious work.
Now I’d just need a box that is both powerful enough to run a KDE desktop *and* doesn’t use too much energy so I can keep it running when I’m away.
*cough* the guy didn’t do a very good investigation if he thinks kde is snappier than gnome. its like saying OO is snappier than koffice, gnome office, or even ms office.
2005-10-30 10:14 pmcm__
Sorry to burst your bubble but he had actually tested it before going with KDE. It’s his business that’s at stake. Why shouldn’t I believe him more than you, an anonymous poster?
2005-10-31 12:25 amAnonymous
“It’s his business that’s at stake. Why shouldn’t I believe him more than you, an anonymous poster?”
he should see sense and not deviate radically away from what all other companies who have money at stake are doing. everyone else is choosing gnome for the speed, userbility, and stability advantages because they’ve also done their homework.
perhaps the article was an attempt to get people to choke on their lunch after hearing such tall stories and wild claims. they succeeded in achieving their aims more so than if was reported that a pink elephant had just landed on the whitehouse.
Doesn’t seem to work, I get (with the Java Client) “The error log is not available”
2005-10-31 12:19 amAnonymous
Read the comments at KDE dot news, the admin says:
“Thanks for the nice comments, regarding the logon issues I am working on them I am just having huge amounts of people registering at the moment.”
2005-10-31 9:21 amAnonymous
Didn’t work for me either, typical.
The joke of the year is actually Anonymous (IP: 84.67.3.—), he is the winner of the looser category. This child should be banned, as he is a well known troll.
and make a competing service based on Gnome.
2005-10-31 1:48 amAnonymous
“and make a competing service based on Gnome.”
Why? Hes not a fanatic like you KDE users. Its just a desktop enviroment, get over it.
2005-10-31 2:09 amAnonymous
I’m referring more to the free market and letting people make their own decisions.
If McDonalds starts giving their customrs access to free KDE based internet terminals in their restaurants then there is nothing to stop burger king (or hungry jacks) from giving their customers access to free Gnome based internet terminals in their restaurants.
‘Anyone can sign up to have their own desktop accessible from any computer with a network connection.’
I’ve signed up.
I have a computer and a network connection.
But CosmoPod doesn’t have a network connection.
How can I acces my remote desktop?
I´m more interested to know how NoMachine´s NX – and its open source sibblings – compares to MS Terminal Server or Citrix Metaframe functionality and performance-wise. I´d try myself but currently I´m at my job and we can´t test it right now.
I ask for any of you guys that already tested it, since their server is under quite stress right now, how good NX performs under such circunstances?
Another example of too little to early.
2005-10-31 12:26 pmcm__
> Another example of too little to early.
Too little server power. Maybe.
Here is a statement from the initiator: http://dot.kde.org/1130593003/1130753688/
I´m more interested to know how NoMachine´s NX – and its open source sibblings – compares to MS Terminal Server or Citrix Metaframe functionality and performance-wise.
As I understand it Citrix outpreforms Terminal server, and on fast lines it ‘s rather snappy. NX is said to preform roughly as Citrix, perhaps even a little better. Especially on slower lines. And the server uses less resources per user, not surprisingly given the multiuser nature of *nix compared to Windows.
For testing, here is a quote from a poster at dot.kde:
“if all you want to do is try the technology, nomachine run a test facility http://www.nomachine.com/testdrive.php where you can use a kde desktop remotely (on a server in Italy) for a week to try things out.”
Edited 2005-10-31 12:34
arg there is not enough gnome articles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!
Just wanted to throw that in to get things rolling.
Why did you choose KDE?
Funny you ask I was actually looking to use Gnome first but after much reading and testing I found KDE to be snappier and have a smaller memory footprint, the supporting applications were mature and well integrated and Konqueror was great! But the tipping point came when I started to look into lockdown features, KDE became the clear winner with the Kiosk Admin Tool. There are a few things I would still like a fast KDE start up and KOffice is not as feature full yet as OpenOffice (which runs too slowly and takes up too much memory to be used) so that is the trade off there.