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The X.Org Foundation is proud to announce a special birthday: 30 years ago, on 19 June 1984, Bob Scheifler announced the X Window System.

Over these 30 years, X has come to be the base for Unix desktops everywhere. With desktop environments such as GNOME, KDE, XFCE, Unity, Enlightenment, millions of users are using X as the underlying technology today.

The X developers have pushed the boundaries and moved X from a system originally written to run on the CPU of a VAX VS100 to one that runs the GUI on today's laptops with 3D rendering capabilities. Indeed, X predates the concept of a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) as we currently know it, and even the company that popularized this term in 1999, Nvidia.

X continues to see improvements and despite its long service record, it will stay with us for a while longer.

And in case you're wondering, X predates:
* Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows
* POSIX, C89, C99, C++, Java
* the World Wide Web
* the GPL and the FSF

X was one of the first major open source software projects, years before the terms Free Software and Open Source Software were commonplace. Celebrate with us, for without X, the desktop would not be what it is today.

- The X.Org Board of Directors
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Let us all have a moment of silence in honor of X.
/me remembers building X10.4 on a SunOS system back then....
Say what you want about X, but for a single piece of major software to last this long it definitely deserves praise.
Wayland should become the next graphics server.

X's model was to offload graphics rendering to a powerful computer. Nowadays, any computer has enough computing power to draw their windows themselves.

Wayland brings a much-smaller codebase that provides rendering guarantees and is much more secure. DRI3 is as close as we are going to get to Wayland in the X world, I guess.
Happy Birthday X! I was asked about early days of X development just last week!
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