Chapter 5. Using X Windows

In this chapter, we will explore the wonderful world of X Windows. X is more than just a pretty face—it is a portal through which you use Linux. You are about to discover the absolute magic of X. No other operating system offers such GUI potential.

Most Linux distributions come with a complete implementation of X known as XFree86, a freely distributable version of X. Some distributions are also shipping KDE (K Desktop Environment). Two notable distributions, Red Hat and SuSE, include the GNOME environment in their package.

X can be a nightmare or a dream come true. A nightmare, you ask? Well, you have to understand that X is infinitely configurable. Many options and many window managers are available to choose from, making ...

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