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LPC: Life after X

Nov 24, 2010, 15:34 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet)

"Keith Packard has probably done more work to put the X Window System onto our desks than just about anybody else. With some 25 years of history, X has had a good run, but nothing is forever. Is that run coming to an end, and what might come after? In his Linux Plumbers Conference talk, Keith claimed to have no control over how things might go, but he did have some ideas. Those ideas add up to an interesting vision of our graphical future.

"We have reached a point where we are running graphical applications on a wide variety of systems. There is the classic desktop environment that X was born into, but that is just the beginning. Mobile systems have become increasingly powerful and are displacing desktops in a number of situations. Media-specific devices have display requirements of their own. We are seeing graphical applications in vehicles, and in a number of other embedded situations."

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