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CanadaComputes.com: Linux For Newbies: Part 5

Dec 02, 1999, 20:54 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Wilburn)

"The three major milestones in the early going for any Linux newbie are: 1) installation, 2) X Window setup, and 3) PPP connect to the Internet. We've worked our way through the basics of installation and have started to learn enough Unix to work the system. We'll return to this theme soon, but in this installment let's get X Window up and running. Down the road we'll tackle PPP...."

"First, you should understand that the X Window System (its full, official name) is based on a totally different design philosophy than Microsoft Windows or the Mac OS. The X Window System is not a fundamental, integrated part of the operating system. You can set up a powerful, completely functional Linux box without ever putting X on the system at all. In fact, many Linux administrators prefer to omit X entirely on a production server. X Window is intended primarily for workstation use--i.e., personal computing on a Linux box."

"Because the X Window System was developed as a networked GUI (graphical user interface), X has two components: server and client. The server can actually be on one computer and the client on another but in most cases they're both on the same machine. You need to match a server with the video card you have in your system. There are X Window servers for VGA, SVGA, S3, ATI, and a large number of other video adapter families."

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