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Saturday August 11, 2007
10:30 PM

Xming: libre standalone X server for Windows

[ #34083 ]

I just saw Xming mentioned by Jeni Tennison. It’s an X server based on that does not require Cygwin and integrates directly with PuTTY. Awesome! I had been looking for such a thing for quite a while.

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  • I saw a link to this last week but have not tried it yet. Only work forces me to use Windows, my own boxes are all Linux so it's something I only need a little.

    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
    • Seemed to work just fine for me. I haven’t used it enough to give a qualified evaluation though. I’m in the same boat: I don’t need it much.

  • What do they mean that work on Cygwin/X has lapsed?

    I use Cygwin extensively, including X. Seems like Xming wouldn't work so well for me because I also need all the UNIX tools locally. (Although I guess I could just set up a box for that purpose, but at home I want it all on my laptop.) I update Cygwin's packages frequently. Is nobody maintaining the Cygwin X packages?

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • What do I know? I have no idea whatsoever.

      Cygwin’s terrible path mapping breaks my brain, though. I hate it with a passion. I much prefer to simply run Unix tools directly under Windows, so I use GnuWin32 for the Unix toolkit and generally standalone whenever available, preferrably native free software where it makes sense, eg. PuTTY.

      Hence Xming rather than Cygwin/X.

      If you’re happy with Cygwin, I’m not gonna care – more’s the better for you.