LinuxDevCenter: A Firm Foundation for the Linux Desktop

“The X Window System, which is the foundation of graphical
displays on Linux, Unix, BSD, and Mac OS X, has long stayed
submerged in the public consciousness just as it has been submerged
under window managers and heavyweight desktops. (In fact, the
desktops bear much of the guilt for torpid response and lavish
memory use that observers like to heap on X.) Recently, X as a
technology has received more of the attention it deserves, on this
site… among other places. Yet no one has talked about the
organization that makes these advances possible, the thorough
makeover it has received in the past year, or the financial neglect
that holds desktops back from even greater things…”