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Daemon News: X What is X?

Sep 26, 1999, 01:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Coleman)

"X, or the X Window System, is a graphical user interface for most varieties of UNIX. XFree86 is a free version of X that is used by both BSD and Linux. You can obtain more information about what XFree86 is and how it is developed at XFree86.org."

"Where do I get X?
XFree86 ships with FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD. The install program for each of the BSD's has an option available for installing the current version of XFree86. Additionally, XFree86 is available in the ports collection. However, if you feel the need to be more than current, you can download the latest and greatest from www.xfree86.org and install it by hand at anytime. The stock XFree86 distribution compiles out of the box on most any BSD system."

"How do I know if X is setup and where it installed to?
XFree86 usually installs to /usr/X11R6. On some systems it can install to /usr/X11/. The configuration file for X is /etc/XF86Config. The latest snapshot of XFree86 puts the config file in /etc/X11/XF86Config."

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