[RndTbl] Windows X servers

Gilles Detillieux grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca
Thu Sep 21 15:26:29 CDT 2006

I know this reply is a tad late, but still a-propos given Gilbert's 
recent talk and his recommendation of Cygwin/X.  I've recently tried 
both Cygwin/X and Xming, and I've found that Xming was quite a bit 
easier to install and configure than Cygwin/X.  I had to fight with 
Cygwin/X a fair bit before I could get it to work at all.  It seems the 
latest release of the xorg-x11 packages ( aren't quite 
ready for prime time, and you need to revert to the earlier releases 
(* or*) for the server to start up correctly.  You 
also need to set the text file type to Unix/binary or the server won't 
start up either.  The Cygwin/X FAQ doesn't cover these issues yet, so I 
had to dig through the mailing list archives to get a hint as to what 
was causing the problem.

I haven't used either X server that heavily yet, but based on my 
experience so far I'd recommend Xming over Cygwin/X.  One oddity I 
found is when running "printtool" on FC4, displaying on the Windows PC, 
it seemed to work fine with Xming but gave an error and aborted with 

If you do install Xming, be sure to also install the Xming-fonts 
package unless you plan to use a font server, as the Xming package 
seems to have just the bare minimum.


On Thursday, Jul 27, 2006, at 21:27, Montana Quiring wrote:
> I've been using X-Deep32 (www.pexus.com) with my Zaurus until I
> reinstalled XP on my work computer. Now it appears that it's not free. 
> I
> hope I kept the install file. :) I'll let you know if I find it.
> I've been tempted to try this one out:
> http://freshmeat.net/projects/xming/
> ...but haven't yet. Please let me/us know if you try it and find it 
> works
> well.
> -Montana
> "When I give, I give myself.”
> -Walt Whitman
>> According to Michael J. Dikkema:
>>> Does anyone have any suggestions for a good X server for Windows? I
>>> preferred Xwin32 a long time ago, but haven't had the need for one
>>> since.
>>> A free one would be nice, but if there's major feature differences,
>>> paying
>>> for a licence is not really an issue.

Gilles R. Detillieux              E-mail: <grdetil at scrc.umanitoba.ca>
Spinal Cord Research Centre       WWW:    http://www.scrc.umanitoba.ca/
Dept. Physiology, U. of Manitoba  Winnipeg, MB  R3E 3J7  (Canada)

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