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X Window System (XFree86) infrastructure

xfree86-common contains the filesystem infrastructure required for further installation of the X Window System in any configuration.

Those wishing an X server only (with remote font services and clients) will also require the xserver-common package and an X server package (most likely xserver-xfree86).

The counterpart to the above configuration is a machine with the X libraries (the xlibs package), xbase-clients, a window manager, some X font packages, and likely many more client packages.

Those who desire a standalone X workstation (and/or are fuzzy on the concepts of X servers and X clients) will require both of the above sets of packages. For convenience, the "x-window-system" metapackage will include everything that is required for a standalone X workstation.

A number of terms are used to refer to the X Window System, including "X", "X Version 11", "X11", "X11R6", and "X11R6.4". The version of X used in Debian is derived from the version released by the XFree86 Project, Inc., and is thus often also referred to as "XFree86". All of the preceding quoted terms are functionally interchangeable in a Debian system.

Still confused? Install this package and then read the files in /usr/share/doc/xfree86-common/ for assistance.

Package version:4.3.0.dfsg.1-14sarge3


For Debian 3.0 ("woody") several large infrastructural changes have been
made in the wake of XFree86 4.x.


The following packages have been eliminated:

rstart			absorbed by xutils
rstartd			absorbed by xutils
xbase			Debian doesn't officially support upgrades from
			more than one release previous
xbooks			renamed to xspecs and undergoing an overhaul both
			as a package a


Debian README for xfree86-common package

The xfree86-common package provides the infrastructure common to all Debian X

Newcomers to the X Window System should first read the Debian X FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions list): /usr/share/doc/xfree86-common/FAQ.gz.
You can view this file with your favorite pager program after decompressing
it.  F


                               XFree86 and DPS

                    Juliusz Chroboczek, <>

                              27 February 2001

1.  Introduction

Display Postscript (or DPS for short) is a rendering extension for X11.  DPS
is slightly atypical in that it is based on code mobility, the ability to
send executable code from client to server.  Thus, a DPS client does not


                              Fonts in XFree86

                    Juliusz Chroboczek, <jch@xfree86


                        README for XFree86[tm] 4.3.0

                          The XFree86 Project,


xfree86 (4.3.0-1) unstable; urgency=low

  * The rstartd.real file, previously in /etc/X11/rstart, h


Debian X Window System Frequently Asked Questions


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