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Chapter 5 The X Window System

5.1 Synopsis

FreeBSD uses XFree86 to provide users with a powerful graphical user interface. XFree86 is an open-source implementation of the X Window System. This chapter will cover installation and configuration of XFree86 on a FreeBSD system. For more information on XFree86 and video hardware that it supports, check the XFree86 web site.

After reading this chapter, you will know:

  • The various components of the X Window System, and how they interoperate.

  • How to install and configure XFree86.

  • How to install and use different window managers.

  • How to use TrueType® fonts in XFree86.

  • How to set up your system for graphical logins (XDM).

Before reading this chapter, you should:

  • Know how to install additional third-party software (Chapter 4).





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