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Linux GUI X-Windows System. X-Windows System. A stable and extremely powerful GUI system that provides a complete Client/Server framework. The X-org foundation currently leads the X-Project. It is available as a free and open source software under the MIT license. History of X-Windows.

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Linux gui x windows system

Linux GUIX-Windows System

X windows system

X-Windows System

  • A stable and extremely powerful GUI system that provides a complete Client/Server framework.

  • The X-org foundation currently leads the X-Project.

  • It is available as a free and open source software under the MIT license.

History of x windows

History of X-Windows

  • 1984 – MIT Project X – begin as an effort to develop a complete Client/Server GUI.

  • 1986- First Commercial version of X was released for Unix.

  • 1994- XFree86, under GPL , An open source implementation of X11R6 (Linux gets its first GUI)

X windows system for different platforms

X-Windows System for Different Platforms

  • X-window system is Currently the default GUI for

    - All the Linux distributions such as Redhat, Debian and Novell’s Suse,

    - A lot of Unix systems such as FreeBSD and ISO Unix,

    - Solaris

    - MAC OS X

    - OpenVMS (for VAX and Alpha Machines)

  • It is supported by

    - MS Windows ( Cygwin)

Interesting fact expert users vs average users

Interesting FactExpert Users VS Average Users

  • When the GUI was first introduced in Linux world a lot of power users were reluctant to use it because they believed that GUI is for average users and not for the power users.

  • The average computer users hesitate to use Linux because it is considered as an extremely difficult and complicated O/S

X windows components

X-Windows Components

  • X-Server

  • Windows Manager

  • Desktop Environment

X server


  • Sets up the graphics display e.g. Monitors resolution, color depth, refresh rate etc

  • Tracks mouse movements and keystrokes

  • Communicates with X clients

  • E.g. X11R6, Metro-X, MacOS-X, Accelerated-X

Window managers

Window Managers

  • Provides Features such as Windows layouts, Menus , Bars, borders .

  • Mechanism to Minimize and Maximize

  • Windows and Icons placements

  • Virtual Desktops

  • E.g Afterstep, Enlightenment, FVWM, IceWM, KWM, Metacity, twm and Sawfish

Desktop environment

Desktop Environment

  • Provides Icons, Folders, toolbars, applications, applets, wallpapers, screensavers, and abilities like drag and drop.

  • A distinctive look and feel.

  • E.g. Gnome, KDE, Motif, Xfce, LG3d(1 ,2 ,3,4)

X windows system and the average users

X-Windows System and the Average Users

  • Automated Graphical Installation

  • Graphical Login

  • Common Desktop Applications like File Browsers, Web Browsers, Email Clients, FTP clients, News Readers etc

  • Multimedia Applications (1,2)

  • Office Applications

  • Graphics Applications

  • Scientific and Engineering Applications

  • Desktop themes

  • BlueTooth(1,2,3) and Irda Applications

X windows system and the power users administrators

X-Windows System and the Power Users/ Administrators

  • Server Configuration tools

  • Network Configuration tools

  • Log file viewers

  • System Security configuration tools

  • Hardware Configuration tools

X windows system and the developers

X-Windows System and the Developers

  • Development tools (1,2)

  • General Guidelines (KDE, Gnome, X)

  • Complete Documentation

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X windows based kiosk

X-Windows Based Kiosk

  • Kiosk (Mini Windows & Dillo Browser)

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  • Developed using QT Library

  • Running on 200MHz processor

  • and 32 MB RAM

  • Touch Screen

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