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Thoughts and rambling on the X protocol

Jun 02, 2010, 17:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julien Danjou)


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"Two years ago, while working on awesome, I joined the Freedesktop initiative to work on XCB. I had to learn the arcane of the X11 protocol and all the mysterious and old world that goes with it.

"Now that I've swum all this months in this mud, I just feel like I need to share my thoughts about what become a mess over the decades. When I was unborn…

"…the Toto band were releasing their song "Africa" and some smart guys were working on a windowing system: the X Window System (this is its full name) which therefore has a (too) long history. The latest version of its protocol, the 11th one, has been designed in the 80's. You can learn more about the history in the Wikipedia article about X.

"In 2010, we still listen disco music and we still use various protocols designed in the 80's and even before X. Music have evolved, protocols have evolved, and so did X11."

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