[FreeNX-kNX] Re: using the thinclient's cpu

Chris Fanning christopher.fanning at gmail.com
Tue Feb 22 21:58:14 UTC 2005

Hi Jesse,

Yes, you're steps go along with what I was thinking.
Look at this.


On Tue, 22 Feb 2005 10:43:17 -0500, Jesse Byler
<lists.freenx at web19.eml.cc> wrote:
> Hi Chris,
> I haven't tried this, but I think it should be possible with some work.
> Step 1: nxclient (or specifically nxagent, an "X Server") running on the
> thin client normally provides display services for X apps ("X clients")
> running on the server machine.  However, since nxclient is acting as an
> X Server, it ought to be possible to use it as the display for X clients
> running on the thin client as well.  So step 1 is to figure out how
> (proper setting of DISPLAY variable and proper xauth tokens) to get
> local programs on the thin client to display in the nxclient window.  It
> might be trivial for one of the developers to tell you how to do this
> (or it might be that I'm missing something important and it's impossible).
> Step 2: Set up a script on the server machine that copies the video file
> to the thin client and then launches a video player on the thin client
> such that it displays in the nxclient window on the thin client.
> Perhaps make the script smart enough to know when it's running in an nx
> session, and have it skip the fancy stuff and just run a local video
> player when it's not.
> Just an idea.
> -Jesse
> Chris Fanning wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I've been reading back in the mailling list and can't fins anything
> > that makes me think this can be done.
> > The nomachine documentation does however seem to say it is possible.
> >
> > Is there something I'm missing or is this non-free technology?
> >
> > Chris.
> >
> > On Thu, 17 Feb 2005 14:44:51 +0100, Chris Fanning
> > <christopher.fanning at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >>Hello all,
> >>
> >>I've setup a small network of thinclients using pxes and freenx.
> >>The thinclients run an X server and a freenx client.
> >>While testing, it has become evendent that the shared resources on the
> >>host with the freenx server are very important.
> >>
> >>This may not be so critical because not all users are using the server
> >>all at the same time. A typical office will have people writing
> >>documents, browsing the web, sending email intermitently.
> >>But, that user who wants to watch that small video attached to an
> >>email from a friend, will use lots of cpu.
> >>Two disadvantages here.
> >>1. His video is being sent from the freenx server to his client on the
> >>network. Fullscreen is out of the question. In my experience, reducing
> >>the window size of the media player achieves resonable results.
> >>2. Other users who might be, for example, opening a word processor at
> >>the sametime, have a degraded response from the server.
> >>
> >>I've read http://www.nomachine.com/documentation/intr-technology.php
> >>
> >>My question. How should I look at using the thinclient to do some of
> >>the work? Using the thinclient to display video seems like a first
> >>choice because it would solve both problems 1 and 2.
> >>Do I need to install a freenx server on the thinclient?
> >>Would the freenx client talk to the freenx server on the same
> >>thinclient via lo interface?
> >>I don't know.
> >>
> >>Some opinions or pointers would be very welcome.
> >>
> >>Chris.
> >>
> >
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