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Open-source remote access technology advances

Jun 21, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

NoMachine has achieved a major new release of its remote access software for thin clients and other devices that run remotely hosted applications over low-bandwidth networks. NX 3.0 adds new connection options, handy per-server and per-user profiles, support for x86_64, and enhanced scriptability, the company said.

NX works by placing a caching proxy server on either side of the X Window System's client-server architecture, reducing network traffic to differential transfers of whatever is not already cached. The product can reduce network traffic up to 50 times, the company claims — resulting in scalability approaching that achievable with Citrix, for example. NoMachine debuted NX in 2003, and has since licensed the technology to thin client Linux OS distributors that include SmartFlex (formerly Igel), NeoWare, and Thinstation.

New features in NX 3.0 are listed by NoMachine as, “desktop sharing, session shadowing, support for profiles on a per-server and per-user basis, screen scaling capabilities, full support for the x86_64 architecture, full server and node scriptability, [and] Windows Vista support.” A complete changelog can be found here.

NoMachine spokesperson Saray Dryell commented, “The new milestone advances remote visualization technology, [making] NoMachine NX the most advanced server-based computing tool in the Unix world.”


NX 3.0 is available now, in both free (GPL) and commercially licensed versions. The server version supports Linux and Solaris, while clients are available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris.

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