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Thread: X windows system doubt

  1. #1
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    X windows system doubt

    I'm tired after writing a couple of exams, when I got the following doubt .

    What do the following mean :
    X , X11 , XFree86

    How are they distinct from each other?

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    What is XFree86?

    The XFree86 Project, Inc is the organisation which produces XFree86™, a freely redistributable open-source implementation of the X Window System. XFree86 runs primarily on UNIX® and UNIX-like operating systems such as Linux, all of the BSD variants, Sun Solaris x86, Mac OS X (via Darwin), as well as other platforms like OS/2 and Cygwin.

    XFree86, provides a client/server interface between display hardware (the mouse, keyboard, and video displays) and the desktop environment while also providing both the windowing infrastructure and a standardized application interface (API). XFree86 is platform-independent, network-transparent and extensible.

    In short, XFree86 is an open source X11-based desktop infrastructure with our goals and purpose detailed in our Mission Statement.
    In summary:
    X Windows is a windowing system.
    X11 is a desktop infrastructure.
    XFree86 is a project that aims to implement both of those things.
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