Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

xwindowCommonly abbreviated as X, X-window or XWindow is a graphics system that began development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1984 for Unix workstations. In fact, most UNIX graphical interfaces are based on X-Window.

Tip: To get into X-Window 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.

Related pages

  • See the x command page for further information about this command.

BDF, GUI, Operating system terms