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New DMX Server Provides More Features, Less Complex

X.Org

Published on 30 October 2008 05:10 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org
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David Reveman, a key developer of XGL and Compiz, has announced new work he has done on the DMX (Distributed Multi-head X) Server. His work is based upon the original DMX Server but he characterizes the changes as being closer to a rewrite than a simple update. With his development branch, dmx-2, the server is reported to be less complex and more maintainable, but for end-users it adds in a number of new features.

David's revised DMX Server uses D-Bus for configuration, added Composite support, provides X-Video support, adds in RandR 1.2 support, and a few other notable changes.

The Distributed Multi-head X server was originally designed to be a proxy server that in turn interfaces with one or more X Servers that aren't necessarily running on the same physical computer. With David Reveman's latest work is to use DMX (also known as Xdmx) as a proxy server on virtual machines and remote desktops. A VNC viewer is then able to connect directly to the DMX Server.

Additional details on this work can be found on the X.Org mailing list.

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