The X Window System

Before came along, I made a note of this:

The last wide-spread functional enhancement exported by the X server might well be the Shape extension, designed (in the hot tub) at the 1989 Winter Usenix in San Diego. (quoted from here)

These days most people use (or are only aware of alternatives like Terminal Services, VNC, or NX, but the ancient lore is still valuable.


Date Link Notes
Feb’13 splitwm Simultaneous tiled and floating layouts
May’10 partiwm screen-like management of individual windows, with proper disconnection and re-attachment.
Jun’09 Apple x11-users mailing list The archives can be useful.
lbxproxy HOWTO If you want to get down and dirty
Xming An interesting server for Windows
WeirdX written in Java, of all things