The X Window System (commonly referred to as X or X11) is a network-transparent graphical windowing system based on a client/server model. Primarily used on Unix and Unix-like systems such as Linux, versions of X are also available for many other operating systems. Although it was developed in 1984, X is not only still viable but also is in fact the standard environment for Unix windowing systems. This article thoroughly discusses X.
"After discussing this with several people I have decided to stop working on EGL and Xgl. The recent work on EXA is going to have the side effect of pushing out any hope for an Xgl release by a year or more. By extending the 2D drivers to accelerate composite end user demand for Xgl will also be reduced. I can not justify devoting further time to this project without reasonable hope of it reaching completion."
Adam Jackson has announced the availability of "the zeroth release candidate(s) of the next Xorg release(s)." The changelog is here. Before downloading, be warned, in the developers' words: "The RC number is not accidental. This is unpolished and rough, and is only just at the point where we can usefully have large numbers of people testing it and fixing things."
A new acceleration architecture is being ported from kdrive by some QT developers, which will make composition managers like xcompmgr really fast and able to do some of the "display tricks" MacOS X has been doing for awhile.
Michael Banck reports about porting of GNOME and KDE to GNU Hurd: GNOME screenshot and KDE screenshot
Ross Burton has written new entry on his personal blog with a good summary about X architecture these days. It's a great reading if you just became lost between so many new extensions, different X servers and ways to hardware accelerated it.
It's been a few years since we ran such a poll. Let's see what most people prefer these days.
Some Trolltech programmers are doing some optimization work in the x.org RENDER extension. RENDER has been used with COMPOSITE to make "transparency" and "shadow" effects, and its slowness has stopped it from being widely adopted. Hopefully, this optimization work will make things better, although it's not clear in the email if this addresses the "XAA sucks, someone needs to take KAA to x.org" problem which is often said to be the real problem of render slowness. RENDER is also often used to do more things, like AA fonts, so this will be good for X desktop in general.
Seth Nickell posted some screenshots and videos showing the experimental Luminocity window manager & Cairo which enable a XOrg-based desktop to get accelerated GL eye candy graphics. update: more here.
The XFree86 4.5.0 windowing system has been released. Says the website, "It is on our website and ready to download. 4.5.0 was born yesterday and the delivery I hear wa smooth. Get a copy now. It's just terrific....details to follow."
Periodically we hear someone say that Linux isn't suitable for graphic design work. One common complaint is its lack of an integrated system-wide color management system (CMS). Fortunately today's Linux systems have free cross-platform open source color management alternatives. Happy Note: On an unrelated note, this is our 10,000th story! Took us 3.5 years to get here.
The X.Org Foundation today announced the fourth release of the X Window System since the formation of the Foundation in January of 2004.
Novell's Nat Friedman wrote about a GL-accelerated X server, Xgl, that David Reveman works on.
FOX is a platform independent GUI toolkit by Jeroen van der Zijp. v1.4 has some exciting new features.
X11 (the X Window System) is a widely-used graphical user interface on UNIX. Read this article to learn how to set up and use X11 applications on your Mac OS X system.
XLiveCD is an X Server that runs off of a Live CD for Windows. Put the CD in the drive and the X server and an Xterm both autostart, allowing you to ssh into a machine and run X-forwarded applications. This is great for use in public labs where you may want to run those remote Linux apps and don't have an X server installed. Built with Cygwin and a few other packages. See the home page for downloads, or just grab the torrent here.
The X Window System, which is the foundation of graphical displays on Linux, Unix, BSD, and optionally on Mac OS X/Darwin, has long stayed submerged in the public consciousness just as it has been submerged under window managers and heavyweight desktops.
This article aims to clear up that confusion about the different font types and how Linux (and other Unix-like operating systems) incorporates them into the user experience.
KDE and GNOME, the open-source software projects that together form the face of most Linux installations, have undergone revisions that boost their usability and enterprise readiness - advances that build the case for Linux as a viable alternative to Windows on mainstream corporate desktops.