A Task Force Team of KDE and Knoppix hackers and enthusiasts created "just
in time" for LinuxTag 2004 two
programs which harvested an overwhelming response from visitors: FreeNX
Server and kNX Client. Although not yet officially released, several
presentations showed a well working preview of the KDE version for the speed
boosting NX Terminal Server technology.
NX Technology provides exclusive
compression techniques that make it possible to run complete remote cross
plattform desktop sessions using narrowband Internet connections. At speeds
as low as those offered by a modem or by ISDN it's possible to work fluently
with the remote desktop shown full screen. Besides providing high
performance on low bandwidth connections NX technology enables the user to
disconnect from and reattach to existing sessions running on the Terminal or
Application Server. Even sessions lost due to network problems can be
recovered easily. Therefore NX technology is expected to have a huge impact
on Thin Client architectures as well as well as mobile computing.
Enterprises, Internet cafes and similar users already appreciate KDE's Kiosk
framework which provides a simple way to disable certain features in KDE to
create a more controlled environment. With mature technologies like Kiosk
as well as FreeNX KDE proves to be the ideal choice for Terminal and
Application Server deployment.
Both the FreeNX Client and the FreeNX Server will be available soon at
Kalyxo.org. Kalyxo is a project which focuses on KDE/Debian integration as
well as providing Debian-specific system tools for the enterprise.
Kalyxo.org will host the FreeNX source repository for all distributions. It
will host and maintain GPL'ed NX Debian packages.
Fabian Franz from the Knoppix Development Team is the driving force behind
FreeNX Server. kNX Client is developed by Joseph Wenninger.
Gian Filippo Pinzari, NX Development Architect and KDE enthusiast from NoMachine provides the foundation of the
NX Terminal Server technology by developing the GPLed libraries which are
used by the FreeNX Server. NoMachine is one of the sponsors of the KDE
Community World Summit ("Akademy") and will be present there as well.
More information on NX Technology:
You are invited to test NX Technology at:
1. Joseph Wenninger, Kurt Pfeifle and Fabian Franz working on the kNX
2. Knoppix and KDE developers present the kNX Client and FreeNX Server
during LinuxTag 2004.
3. KDE core developer Joseph Wenninger in front of the Login Window of the
FreeNX application "kNX client"