Linked by Oscar Boykin on Wed 25th Feb 2004 08:59 UTC
X11, Window Managers For the past year, there has been a slow and steady stream of news events regarding XFree86, X11, or new X server implementations. To those not paying close attention (and even those who are), the meaning of some of these events may not be clear. In this brief article, I attempt to share my impression on what the changes mean for users of free software on the desktop. It appears that XFree86 is in some turmoil, and it may leave some to infer that free desktop systems will suffer.
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Definition of X
by Jim-Bob on Wed 25th Feb 2004 14:24 UTC

Regarding the definition of X given by the author, namely "X Server: a piece of software which implements the X11 protocol. This software handles the rendering to the screen for X Clients"

Let it be known that for 20 years now the application running on the host has been called the CLIENT APPLICATION and that any remote display/input device is called an X SERVER. There is NO SUCH THING as an X CLIENT.

Why is it so hard - why is there a refusal - to refer to a device which SERVES up a remote display/input session to a user as an X Server?