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    Default A Java-Based X11 Server Comes To Android

    Phoronix: A Java-Based X11 Server Comes To Android

    An X Server written against the X11 protocol in Java has been made available for Google's Android platform...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA2NzA

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    I generally don't bash Java or Android, but this sounds like it's going to be the slowest thing ever imaginable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vertex2 View Post
    I generally don't bash Java or Android, but this sounds like it's going to be the slowest thing ever imaginable.
    I dont usually bash stupid comments, but its not Java. Its Dalvik. Huge difference.

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    It's a good thing he didn't ask you then, isn't it?


    Personally I know this is going to kick ass. Now finally I can run Debian in a chroot on my phone with a native display manager. No more having to use VNC if I want gui programs.

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    X11 is a big protocol, but perhaps not all parts of it need to be implemented.
    The legacy parts that aren't used on modern systems.

    What about Wayland on Android?

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    There already existed several X servers in Java, such as:
    http://www.jcraft.com/weirdx/

    Might've been easier to port one of those instead of starting afresh methinks

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    All I can say is wow!

    Sheer bloodymindedness indeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drag View Post
    Personally I know this is going to kick ass. Now finally I can run Debian in a chroot on my phone with a native display manager. No more having to use VNC if I want gui programs.
    I do think that you hit the nail on the head!!!!
    The fact is that the missing links are already implemented.

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    But this is only an implementation of X11.
    It is not a full feature-complete implementation, it still has work to do left. But it is promising.

    But it does not have Xlib, so you can't run any applications on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lzap View Post
    I dont usually bash stupid comments, but its not Java. Its Dalvik. Huge difference.
    Indeed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia
    However, tests performed on ARM devices by Oracle with standard non-graphical Java benchmarks on both Android 2.2 and Java SE embedded (both based on Java SE 6) showed that Android 2.2 was 2 to 3 times slower than Java SE embedded.
    Sorry, couldn't resist trolling.

    When is someone going to write an X11 server in Python or Perl?

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