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I am doing a fun project with setting my iPad up as a thin client. I am using the issh app to run a remote session on my Linux box it works pretty well but most of the wm's or de's Are a bit tricky due to the desktop oriented style small buttons etc.

I am looking for a de, wm that provides a tablet mobile device like interface. The clincher is that it can't require any advanced 3d accleration graphics drivers as they will not run on the iPad over ssh. For example unity will not run and reverts to gnome classic. I am thinking kde and it's netbook mode but I am not sure if it can run without 3d graphics acceleration.

Failing this I would consider using a another distro if it offered ssh capability and a good mobile style interface and can run on the x86_64 platform.

I3 is usually my wm of choice but since it relies on keyboard shortcuts it is impossible to use.

Any suggestions?
Edited by cavallino - 5/3/11 at 1:06pm
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Meego?
That's a thought it looks like it is available in the aur I might be able to run arch With the interface.

I'd sort of prefer something a bit more conventional
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That's a thought it looks like it is available in the aur I might be able to run arch With the interface.

I'd sort of prefer something a bit more conventional
Get a netbook, then, and plug a mouse into it.

The reason tablets have completely different UIs is largely because of the restricted input method (touchscreen). If you try to use a remote desktop on such a device, you're going to run into this, and have plenty of frustration working around the lack of mouse buttons on your iPad, unless the remote desktop uses a UI that is more suitable for tablets.
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The issh app has a full keyboard and mosue emulator that works well enough. You just tap to move the mouse or it has a synaptic touch pad emulator. Not perfect but its kind of fun project.


Something like kde netbook or even gnome shell would be perfect if it didnt required 3d acceleration.
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KDE works without compositing, although it is enabled by default. You have to go into systemsettings and disable desktop effects.
    
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KDE works without compositing, although it is enabled by default. You have to go into systemsettings and disable desktop effects.
Even the netbook plasma desktop?
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It should.

IIRC Plasma doesn't require acceleration.
    
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