In their own series of aKademy interviews, the German IT news website Golem.de has talked to KDE contributors Fabian Franz (also a member of the Knoppix development team) and Kurt Pfeifle about FreeNX. Now OSnews carries the English translation. NX, developed by NoMachine.com aims for nothing less than to revolutionize network computing. The software allows to connect and work on remote desktops even across low bandwidth links such as ISDN or modems. While at its core it speed-boosts X11 connections, as an addon it also can accelerate VNC/RFB and Windows Terminal Server/RDP sessions by a factor of 2 or more.
Fabian and Kurt had initially presented FreeNX as a preview during LinuxTag2004. FreeNX is a Free Software NX Server based on the GPL'd libraries from NoMachine. During the aKademy week they released FreeNX Server for the first time as a public snapshot (which also ships with Knoppix-3.6 aKademy Edition). The license is GPL. Debian FreeNX packages are hosted at Kalyxo.org.
Also, a first working 0.1 version of the FreeNX kNX Client is now checked in into kdenonbeta. Fabian, Aaron J. Seigo and Joseph Wenninger are working on a deep and seamless integration of the new NX Client into the KDE framework, utilizing DCOP, KParts, kio-slave and KWallet technologies and integrating it with the existing KDE Remote Desktop Connection utility.
The FreeNX and kNX initiatives will bring efficient, lean and high speed Terminal Services to KDE which work well even over very distant and low bandwidth links. They will connect KDE workstations with multiple Operating System platforms and enable users to seamlessly operate their favorite or required applications, regardless on what platform they run. Overall they will make Linux desktop migration plans significantly easier to implement and give a big boost to KDE adoption as the desktop environment of choice for corporate and enterprise usage.
The OSnews piece has some nice examples of NX/FreeNX use cases outlined by Kurt and Fabian.