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Cygwin-X

Last Review: April 20, 2010

Available To:

  • Students Admitted to UT Arlington
  • Currently Enrolled UT Arlington Students
  • Departments and Offices at UT Arlington
  • Faculty (currently appointed) and Staff

Vendor: Cygwin

Product: CygwinX

Version: 1.7

Standard Software Supported By: Labs

OIT Support Levels: Partial

Function:

"Cygwin/X is a port of the X Window System to the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. Cygwin/X runs on all recent consumer and business versions of Windows.

Cygwin/X consists of an X server, X libraries, and nearly all of the standard X clients, such as xterm, xhost, xdpyinfo, xclock, xeyes, etc. Cygwin/X, as the name implies, uses the Cygwin project which provides a UNIX-like API to Xlib and X clients, thereby minimizing the amount of porting required.

Cygwin/X is licensed under a MIT/X11 style license. Cygwin is licensed under a modified GNU General Public License that specifically allows libcygwin1.a to be linked to programs that are licensed under an Open Source compliant license without such linking requiring that those Open Source programs be licensed under the GNU General Public License (see the Cygwin licensing page for more information). Source code and binaries for both projects are freely available."

System Requirements: Mfg. minimum

  • Base OS: Windows
  • OS Version: XP
  • Processor: Pentium III - 1 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Hard Disk Total Size: 100 GB
  • Additional Hard Disk Space Needed: 400 - 550 MB

System Requirements: OIT Required

  • Base OS: Windows
  • OS Version: XP
  • Processor: Pentium 4 - 2.4 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Hard Disk Total Size: 100 GB
  • Additional Hard Disk Space Needed: 1 GB

How to Get:

Cygwin's licenses generally allow the use of its software by everyone.

"Cygwin/X is licensed under a MIT/X11 style license. Cygwin is licensed under a modified GNU General Public License that specifically allows libcygwin1.a to be linked to programs that are licensed under an Open Source compliant license without such linking requiring that those Open Source programs be licensed under the GNU General Public License (see the Cygwin licensing page for more information). Source code and binaries for both projects are freely available."

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Installation:

"Cygwin/X is installed via Cygwin's setup.exe and the installation process is documented in the Cygwin/X User's Guide. Whether or not you already have Cygwin installed, you can add Cygwin/X to your installation by downloading the latest setup.exe, running setup, and selecting the 'xinit' package from the 'X11' category.

Using Cygwin/X is documented in a step-by-step manner, with lots of pictures and examples, in the Cygwin/X User's Guide. Please notice, however, that Cygwin/X contains many general-purpose programs, libraries, and functions that are part of all X distributions. It is therefore beyond the scope of the Cygwin/X User's Guide to document all of these X Window System components. To find documentation, for example, for setxkbmap one should consult the generic X documentation such as the setxkbmap(1) manual page. You could always, of course, do a Google search for setxkbmap, which finds the manual page mentioned above."

Support:

"For all Cygwin/X related questions and observations, please check the resources available at this site, such as the FAQ, the User's Guide and the mailing list archives. If you've exhausted these resources then please read the Cygwin problem reporting guidelines before sending an email to the cygwin-xfree mailing list.

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