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LinuxMall.com: The Story of X

Jun 05, 2000, 18:27 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

[ Thanks to Greta Durr/LinuxMall.com for this link. ]

"In algebraic references, X indicates an unknown quantity that must be solved for by studying the way in which it relates to other, known, factors. The X Window System and the XFree86 Project work to bridge that gap between known, stable operating systems (OSs) and their unknown, unpredictable human users.

"The X Window System provides a complete Graphical User Interface (GUI) for UNIX and UNIX-like systems. It was originally developed by the now-defunct Project Athena, a five-year exploration of innovative computing at MIT. The project's end result, the Athena system, survives as MIT's academic computing infrastructure."

"X is currently developed and distributed commercially by the X Consortium, X.Org. X.Org is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the existing X Window base code and engineering market-driven enhancements. The X Window System's licensing structure allows the existence of free and low-cost implementations--Accelerated X, MetroX and XSuSE are examples of this."

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