[TUHS] old X versions

Nemo cym224 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 20 04:23:30 AEST 2017


On 19 September 2017 at 11:39, Chet Ramey <chet.ramey at case.edu> wrote:
> On 9/19/17 11:16 AM, Gregg Levine wrote:
>> Hello!
>> Wasn't the original project called "Athena", and wasn't it pursued by
>> one of the many Labs at MIT?
>
> The athena project was indeed at MIT, and X was a part of that. This
> would have been started and developed during the mid-1980s (1983, to be
> exact).  X's predecessor was a window system named W, which was developed
> at Stanford. Bob Scheifler used W as the basis for X.

I vaguely recall (assuming no bit rot) that IBM was also involved and
they refused to release their portion under FRAND terms, leading Bob
to write X.

Anecodotes on W/X may be found in the delightful little book written
by Borenstein titled "Programming as if people mattered".

N.

>
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