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X Window System

The X window system (commonly X Window System or X11, based on its current major version being 11) is a display server and network protocol that provides a basis for a graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and rich input device capability for networked computers. In Liunux it sits between the Operating System kernel and the Window Manger.

X is primarily a protocol and graphics primitives definition and it deliberately contains no specification for application user interface design, such as button, menu, or window title bar styles.

It has been commented that X is outdated. Two proposed successors are Wayland and Mir.

Most common implementation of the X Window System X.Org

System Information
Video information: /var/log/Xorg.0.log

Use X -version to display version information.

Also on the Wiki
Xlib - functions to interact with X server

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