Is X.org the X Consortium?
Posted Apr 8, 2004 22:43 UTC (Thu) by richardfish
In reply to: Is X.org the X Consortium?
Parent article: X.Org Foundation releases X Window System X11R6.7
Ok, I'll agree that people should generally do some more research before posting. But posts like this are as bad as mis-information.
I am guessing that you are "Thomas E Dickey", the maintainer for xterm for XFree86. If so, you are in a better position than any of us to enlighten us on the relationship/history between X.org, the X Consortium, and XFree86. While I don't expect you to post a 300-page history-of-X here, a couple of sentances and URLs would have been helpful.
I'll post my best understanding of things. I'm sure somebody will correct me if I am wrong.
The X Window System is really a set of specifications that are versioned (X11R6 is X Windows System version 11 revision 6). Any vendors distributing "X Windows" should (must?) comply with those specifications.
The X Consortium maintained the specifications, backed by reference source code. In 1996 it transferred that job to The Open Group which formed X.org to take on the task. Now in 2004, that job will be done by the "X.Org Foundation", which is really just a name change so that it can call it's forked version of XFree86 "X.org". Are we confused yet?
Bottom line: they are not the same, but they do the same job.
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