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 for X Window System
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  X Window System
  
      A specification for
     device-independent windowing operations on bitmap display
     devices, developed initially by MIT's Project Athena and
     now a de facto standard supported by the X Consortium.  X
     was named after an earlier window system called "W".  It is a
     window system called "X", not a system called "X Windows".
  
     X uses a client-server protocol, the X protocol.  The
     server is the computer or X terminal with the screen,
     keyboard, mouse and server program and the clients are
     application programs.  Clients may run on the same computer
     as the server or on a different computer, communicating over
     Ethernet via TCP/IP protocols.  This is confusing because
     X clients often run on what people usually think of as their
     server (e.g. a file server) but in X, it is the screen and
     keyboard etc. which is being "served out" to the applications.
  
     X is used on many Unix systems.  It has also been described
     as over-sized, over-featured, over-engineered and incredibly
     over-complicated.  X11R6 (version 11, release 6) was released
     in May 1994.
  
     http://x.org/)">(http://x.org/).
  
     See also Andrew project, PEX, VNC, XFree86.
  
     Usenet newsgroups: news:comp.windows.x, news:comp.x,
     news:comp.windows.x.apps, news:comp.windows.x.intrinsics,
     news:comp.windows.x.announce, news:comp.sources.x,
     news:comp.windows.x.motif, news:comp.windows.x.pex.
  
     (1999-04-02)
  

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