[FreeNX-kNX] HW configuration needed for hosting FreeNX

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 19:41:10 UTC 2009

Mario Becroft wrote:
> "Trinh, Dung D" <Dung.Trinh at BNSF.com> writes:
>> Hello forum,
>> I plan to host FreeNX for about 40+ persons to use 6 apps. What do you
>> guy think HW configuration would be?
> I have a site with a similar number of users and applications running a
> gnome desktop, evolution, openoffice, firefox etc. These are all quite
> heavy applications. For a case like this, I would say a good start could
> be 20 gigabytes of RAM and 4 CPU's.
> It very much depends on what applications are being used, and how heavy
> the use is. For light use you could easily run this with half the
> resources, for example, but you would start running out of RAM quite
> quickly if many users were running applications at the same time.
> In my experience RAM is usually the bottleneck, not CPU. A lot of recent
> software like gnome, openoffice etc. needs huge amounts of RAM.

On the plus side, the actual program code of applications running 
concurrently should be shared by all instances and files would have 
common buffers.   However, freenx will require some extra RAM per 
connection for the screen image and some CPU for encryption if you are 
running everything over ssh.

  Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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