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'''The X Window System''' or '''X''' (but '''not''' "X Windows", lest someone in Washington State become upset) is the portion of a Linux or BSD distribution which manages the screen, keyboard, and mouse, mediating requests for these from other user applications, referred to as "X clients".  MacOS/X uses a different display server technology.
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'''The X Window System''', '''X''' or '''X11''' (but '''not''' "X Windows", lest someone in Washington State become upset) is the portion of a Linux or BSD distribution which manages the screen, keyboard, and mouse, mediating requests for these from other user applications, referred to as "X clients".  MacOS/X uses a different display server technology.
  
 
Older versions of it were typically XFree86, which has transitioned into [http://www.x.org X.org]; the current versions are X11R6.9 and X11R7.0.  Which one you will find depends on your [[operating system]]; most of them will work, as long as they provide (or support) a 'video driver' for your VGA card which permits you to use Xv -- the extension which makes it possible to display video overlay on your monitor without creating a high load on your main CPU.
 
Older versions of it were typically XFree86, which has transitioned into [http://www.x.org X.org]; the current versions are X11R6.9 and X11R7.0.  Which one you will find depends on your [[operating system]]; most of them will work, as long as they provide (or support) a 'video driver' for your VGA card which permits you to use Xv -- the extension which makes it possible to display video overlay on your monitor without creating a high load on your main CPU.
  
 
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Revision as of 11:47, 16 August 2009

The X Window System, X or X11 (but not "X Windows", lest someone in Washington State become upset) is the portion of a Linux or BSD distribution which manages the screen, keyboard, and mouse, mediating requests for these from other user applications, referred to as "X clients". MacOS/X uses a different display server technology.

Older versions of it were typically XFree86, which has transitioned into X.org; the current versions are X11R6.9 and X11R7.0. Which one you will find depends on your operating system; most of them will work, as long as they provide (or support) a 'video driver' for your VGA card which permits you to use Xv -- the extension which makes it possible to display video overlay on your monitor without creating a high load on your main CPU.