X Window System

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

xwindowAbbreviated as X or X11, the X Window System is a graphics windows management system that began development at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in 1984 for Unix workstations. The X Window System is a system process that handles the displaying (drawing) of windows, frames, taskbar, title bars, resizing windows, and moving windows. In fact, most UNIX graphical interfaces are based on the X Window System.

Tip: To get into the X Window System from the command line, type startx. Computers with X Window System installed will automatically start or prompt the user with the availability when the computer first boots.

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