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Ask HN: How come there no performant remote desktop for Mac/Linux?

Ask HN: How come there no performant remote desktop for Mac/Linux?
54 points by asiachick 2 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 55comments
IIUC, RDP (Microsoft’s remote desktop protocol) sends draw commands across. It is the default solution to access remote desktops on Windows. Conversely, AFAICT, the default way on MacOS and Linux is VNC which IIUC sends all of the pixels (with compression). I’ve noticed for a long time I could work remotely, edit code, etc on RDP. I’ve done it round the across 8000 miles and had almost no lag. Conversely I’m attempting to share 2 computers right close to one another in exactly the same network via VNC and it’s really horribly laggy.

Is this not an itch anyone has wished to scratch within the last 25 years? On Linux it is possible to maybe XWindows the right path to a faster connection with what about Mac? Also, RDP appears to i want to run GPU based stuff where as XWindows you’re actually not seeing the computer’s display.



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