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X Window compression software updated

Apr 11, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

NoMachine released version 3.2.0 of its Linux-compatible “NX” remote access software for thin client networks and other remotely-hosted, low-bandwidth applications. The open source NX 3.2.0 client improves behavior when running on a kiosk, says Italy-based NoMachine.

NX positions a caching proxy server on either side of the X Window System's client-server architecture, thereby reducing network traffic to differential transfers of whatever is not already cached. For example, it transmits only cursor movements and menu changes instead of resending the entire screen. NoMachine claims that NX can reduce network traffic by up to 50 times, providing Citrix-like scalability.

The new NX release consolidates version 3.1.0 maintenance-release fixes, says the company, while adding improved support for QGIS (Quantum GIS) applications. Other touted improvements include fixes for Windows display initialization problems, special German characters, edit-menu copy-and-paste, .X11-unix directory startups, plugin mode operation, MacOS/X 10.5 Leopard server support, and NX tunneling during “rootless” sessions.

Launched in 2003, NX received a major upgrade to version 3.0 last June, adding new connection options, per-server and per-user profiles, support for x86_64, and enhanced scriptability. Customers include a number of thin-client vendors that provide Linux distributions, include SmartFlex (formerly Igel), NeoWare, and Thinstation.


NX 3.2.0 is available now, in open source, evaluation, and commercial versions, says NoMachine. More information and links to the download page should be available here.

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