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Developer(s) Sun Microsystems
Initial release November 1993
Operating system Solaris
Type X Window System

Xsun is an X Window System (X11) server implementation included with the Solaris operating system, developed by Sun Microsystems. It replaced the older "Xnews" server, which supported the display of not only X11 applications, but also NeWS and SunView programs. Xsun removed support for these legacy environments, and added support for Display PostScript.

Xsun was first released as part of Solaris 2.3 in November 1993. It was originally based on X11 Release 5; the version included with Solaris 10 is based on X11R6.6.

Solaris 10 includes both Xsun and the X.Org Server, the open-source software reference implementation of X, based on X11R7. The "Xorg" server is the most commonly used server for x86 systems, and the Xsun server remains the most commonly used for SPARC systems; Xorg support for SPARC was only added in Solaris 10 8/07, and has very limited driver support.[1] The OpenSolaris project has stated that the future direction for X support is via the Xorg implementation.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "What's New in the Solaris 10 8/07 Release". Solaris 10 What's New. Sun Microsystems. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  2. ^ "OpenSolaris Community: X Window System". Retrieved 2008-07-23. ""Over time we are working to migrate the existing libraries and clients to build from the newer source base as well for future Solaris releases.""  

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