X Window System Turns 38 Years Old

Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 20 June 2022 at 05:42 AM EDT. 112 Comments
This weekend marked 38 years since the inaugural release of the X Window System at MIT.

It was on 19 June 1984 that Bob Scheifler announced the initial X window system release "X1" at MIT. It wasn't until 1987 though that X11 was drafted as marking the protocol's current version albeit evolved a lot since the 80's.

When X was introduced, its performance was "about twice that of W", the prior window system out of Stanford. X also marked the first window system that was vendor and hardware independent.

Those wishing to reminisce over the X window system can see a copy of the original X announcement. Those wishing to relive the X history can also visit Wikipedia if looking for some fun Monday reading.
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