Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 07-27-2005, 08:30 PM   #1
Registered: May 2004
Posts: 43

Rep: Reputation: 15
X11? Xfree86? Gnome?

Upon reading various articles on Linux, I am confused on the difference between:

* X11
* Xfree86
* Desktops like Gnome

When I read about them, they all sound like the same thing. Can some one clarify it for me please?
Old 07-27-2005, 09:07 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: Canada
Distribution: ubuntu
Posts: 2,539

Rep: Reputation: 60
* x11 and xfree86 (the free version of X-windows)
are methods of displaying windows/programs on a computer (whether remote or not)

* window managers
are programs that control how the windows look and act. it works on top of the X-windows system. they are things like XFCE or IceWM or Fluxbox, etc

* desktop environments
are many programs (a suite) that include programs like window managers, a program to display the 'start menu' / 'taskbar', and progams to display/control the actual desktop... all rolled into one. most popular are gnome and kde (K desktop environment).

thats just outta my head.. heres a link (i havent read it, hopefully its good!) that looks like (from the headings) it might have good/more detailed information about it! click me

Last edited by nadroj; 07-27-2005 at 09:09 PM.
Old 07-27-2005, 10:58 PM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: Jul 2005
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 2,014

Rep: Reputation: 115Reputation: 115
DE's have applications like games, office, multimedia, and utilities in them, as well as what nadroj said. Xfce is actually a DE.
Some form of a start menu and taskbar is in most WM's. For IceWM, it is where you would expect them. Fluxbox and Window Maker use right-click to bring up a menu.
Xorg, XF86 and X11 handles the getting a videocard to do what it wants, and the ability to execute graphical applications over the network.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
xorg-x11 is installed, where is gnome?? gauntalus Linux - Software 4 12-24-2004 03:59 PM and question caps_phisto Linux - General 1 11-16-2004 05:42 PM
Fedora Core 3: XFree86 or X11? caps_phisto Fedora 1 11-16-2004 09:05 AM
XFree86 and X11 xgreen Linux - General 1 02-21-2004 07:02 AM
Roaming X11/Xfree86, X11 proxy zapp Linux - Software 1 09-12-2003 08:06 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:54 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration