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    Phoronix: Splashtop For Linux Claims 10x Performance Advantage

    Splashtop for Ubuntu Linux is being released today and it claims to be 10x faster than VNC plus offering a host of other features...

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

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    This is a welcome addition if it proves to offer better performance then horrible VNC and and easier setup then NX (sorry guys but RDP blows VNC away in terms of performance and features).

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    How exactly does one quantify the "performance" of VNC in order to claim that their alternative is faster? VNC can be fast OR slow, or anywhere in between, depending on the specific implementation and configuration. The fact that this is proprietary software takes away any practical use for it. VNC's advantage is that it is open, and therefore truly cross platform. It also is easily tunneled (i.e., via SSH or whatever), and this tunnelling is typically an option within the client software itself. Security-wise, how can anything be more secure than giving the choice of YOUR CHOICE of security?

    Personally, I don't trust black box security systems. If I can't audit the code, I can't trust that it isn't doing something malicious, or isn't GOING to do something malicious. When you're right into it at this level, where you could be using it to log in to high security systems as root, how do you know that it isn't logging your keystrokes and saving them up for a dump to China?

    Thanks, but no thanks. I neither trust the proprietary security, nor do I believe the claims of superior performance.

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    wanted to try it out but because it depends on libx264-120 i cannot. seems this is a lib version used in ubuntu 12.04 while ubuntu 12.10 is using libx264-123.

    they also state that they currently only support ubuntu 12.04.

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    Well this is annoying...

    Yet another proprietary remote X solution. My employer supports one specific high-performance remote X solution, but it's a bit of a pain to use, and is meant to install on "supported" platforms. I usually end up just using VNC or remote X. Splashtop is proprietary, NX is proprietary. There are free versions of NX, but it looks like a royal pain to set up.

    Once upon a time there was a thing called "dxpc" - "Differential X Protocol Compression" that was quite good. In fact for a while I was forced to use it to get X, because we had a brain-dead VPN that wouldn't tunnel X, but would tunnel dxpc. It also did a darned good job of remote X, largely by caching state and short-circuiting a lot of the round trips. But it has withered on the vine - the last release was 3.9.2 in August, 2009. Oddly enough, NX lists dxpc in its credits as one of its starting points.

    Once you start listening to Wayland developers and not "remote-X-tard fanbois" you find that remote operation and X are both in their plans. Perhaps with the underlying simplicity of Wayland, we'll get something faster.

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    I want to check this out, but being as i don't use ubuntu and extracting the deb and manually installing it didn't work, i guess i will have to wait for a response from their support staff. I've inquired as to why the 'Download open source package' link doesn't work. I selected version 2.0.0.11 which then made the download button active, but nothing happened from there :\

    hopefully, they will fix that link because obviously the 'open source package' _should_ include source code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droidhacker View Post
    How exactly does one quantify the "performance" of VNC in order to claim that their alternative is faster? VNC can be fast OR slow, or anywhere in between, depending on the specific implementation and configuration. The fact that this is proprietary software takes away any practical use for it. VNC's advantage is that it is open, and therefore truly cross platform. It also is easily tunneled (i.e., via SSH or whatever), and this tunnelling is typically an option within the client software itself. Security-wise, how can anything be more secure than giving the choice of YOUR CHOICE of security?

    Personally, I don't trust black box security systems. If I can't audit the code, I can't trust that it isn't doing something malicious, or isn't GOING to do something malicious. When you're right into it at this level, where you could be using it to log in to high security systems as root, how do you know that it isn't logging your keystrokes and saving them up for a dump to China?

    Thanks, but no thanks. I neither trust the proprietary security, nor do I believe the claims of superior performance.
    Whether you want to believe it or not, Splashtop is much faster than VNC has ever been. Its impressive that you audit every single line of code that you run on your computing devices. Its amazing that you can find the time to actually use your computer to get things done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    This is a welcome addition if it proves to offer better performance then horrible VNC and and easier setup then NX (sorry guys but RDP blows VNC away in terms of performance and features).
    X2Go is based on NX and much easier to use. It works over SSH. I've installed (but not played) Linux games using graphical installers on a remote system with a cable connection from a laptop using dial-up (49K).

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    My favourite is winswitch -- relatively easy to use, available also on android, lots of features, etc.


    http://winswitch.org/

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    Well, i got Splashtop running in Archlinux (and MacOSX) conrolled from my Nexus 7 - it works fantastically well and makes RDP, VNC, NX, etc look like garbage in comparison. (seriously!)

    I think Splashtop shouldn't be hard to setup up on other distro's as well. You originally had to install ubuntu's libSRx264wrapper, but after a few of us were in contact with thier support staff, they decided to include it with Splashtop. The only other big requirement is Network Manager has to be running (otherwise Splashtop will hang). They also seem to be using debian's OpenSSL symbol_versioning patch, for whatever reason (so i ended up patching OpenSSL). Hopefully, they will ditch that downstream patch or just include OpenSSL instead, either one would be good.

    ...now, they just need to release a version that allows me to control my machines, using my Desktop (and not just my tablet).

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