Chapter 5 The X Window System

Table of Contents
5.1 Synopsis
5.2 Understanding X
5.3 Installing X11
5.4 X11 Configuration
5.5 Using Fonts in X11
5.6 The X Display Manager
5.7 Desktop Environments
Updated for X.Org's X11 server by Ken Tom and Marc Fonvieille. Updated for DragonFly by Víctor Balada Díaz.

5.1 Synopsis

DragonFly uses X11 to provide users with a powerful graphical user interface. X11 is an open-source implementation of the X Window System that includes both X.org and XFree86. DragonFly default official flavor is X.org, the X11 server developed by the X.Org Foundation.

This chapter will cover the installation and configuration of X11 with emphasis on X.org.

For more information on the video hardware that X11 supports, check either the X.org or XFree86 web sites.

After reading this chapter, you will know:

Before reading this chapter, you should:

Note: This chapter covers the installation and the configuration of both X.org and XFree86 X11 servers. For the most part, configuration files, commands and syntaxes are identical. In the case where there are differences, both X.org and XFree86 syntaxes will be shown.

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