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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.
For Debian 3.0 ("woody") several large infrastructural changes have been made in the wake of XFree86 4.x. PACKAGE RESTRUCTURING: 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 more»
Debian README for xfree86-common package ======================================== The xfree86-common package provides the infrastructure common to all Debian X installations. 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 more»
XFree86 and DPS Juliusz Chroboczek, <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 req more»
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