GraphicsMuse: XFree86: Past, Present, and FutureOct 28, 1999, 21:55 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Hammel)
"According to Dirk, X11 was born in 1986. It was an offshoot of two earlier projects, V and W, whose histories I'm not familiar with (although Dirk did discuss them briefly). There were also some earlier releases of X, although the only one I remember was X10. He noted that "after 13 years the basic protocol has not been made incompatible with the original release". That means programs which ran back then still tend to run (albeit with relatively minor API changes)..."
"It wasn't until the release of X11R6, sometime back in 1994 or 1995, that XFree86 was incorporated into the X11 distributions. The 3.1.x releases came in late 1994 and 1995. In 1997 3.3 was released and introduced XAA (XFree86 Advanced Architecture). The current public release is 3.3.5 and was released August 30th, 1999. Most current Linux distributions ship with 3.3.4 or 3.3.5. A developers series of snapshots, versions 3.9.x, are also available..."
"Some of the things Dirk mentioned about 4.0 included: