Software-center & weblive

There is another cool feature in software-center in natty that I would like to show today. If you have the package “qtnx” (in universe) installed you will be able to “test-drive” a lot of the available applications in software-center without having to actually install them. They are run via the NX protocol on a remove server with pretty good speed. Its all possible thanks to Stéphane Grabers Weblive.

This is what it loks like (notice the “Test drive” button below the screenshot):

And here what happens when I press test-drive and its connected (connecting takes about a minute currently).

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28 Responses to “Software-center & weblive”

  1. Jonathan Carter Says:

    I think it’s also worth mentioning that this is enabled in Edubuntu in Natty. Happy testdriving!

    • mvogt Says:

      Indeed! Sorry, I should have made it clear that this is a default feature of edubuntu but for Ubuntu it won’t be available by default (but you can make it work via installing qtnx).

  2. Leif Andersen Says:

    So this is possible by installing “qtnx”? What is the probability of this getting built into a future version of ubuntu? (Or am I misunderstanding you, and it already is in the next version).

    • mvogt Says:

      We will discuss about making it a default feature for Ubuntu at the next Ubuntu Develop Summit. Making it default requires that we have the server power on the backend to handle the load. Maybe we only make it available for a subset of apps, its not certain yet.

  3. Micah Says:

    That’d be a great feature if it worked by default.

  4. Andrew Says:

    Hey Mvo,

    Looks great! But would the button not make more sense next to the install button?

  5. gzap Says:

    Hi!! I see that the feature is not available for all programs. Could you explain what are the limitations? Of course, nobody wonders why Alien Arena wouldn’t work, but I noticed that some simpler 2D arcade games are also not supported.
    By the way, Inkskape did work very well!! Wonderful feature!! :D

  6. Knef Says:

    That sounds like an incredible feature. I agree that if it proves to be stable it should be included by default.

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  16. Onkar Says:

    Does this also work with remmina (it has NX plugin) or do we specifically need qtnx?

    • Stéphane Graber Says:

      remmina’s NX client would work as well, you’d just need to update the weblive.py backend file to start it instead.

      Last I tried remmina’s implemention of NX was a lot slower than that of the binary client or of qtnx. Also I couldn’t find an easy way to remotely control remmina (as in, start a custom session with a resizable NX desktop).

      It’s still definitely an option worth following as remmina’s development is quite active and I generally like the tool (definitely more than I like qtnx ;)).

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  21. Robin Catling Says:

    Not enough is made of this capability. After the initial buzz of publicity it went underground, I wonder why? RC

    (I also like tea and free software)

    • mvogt Says:

      Thanks for your comment. This feature is still enabled on Edubuntu by default and on Ubuntu if you install qtnx. The trouble for enabling it by default for anyone is mostly that its pretty heavy for the remote servers, it will require a lot of servers to provide a good experience for all Ubuntu users.

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