X11R7.7 is an Open Source version of the X Window System that supports many UNIX® and UNIX-like operating systems (such as Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Solaris) on a variety of platforms. This version is compatible with X11R7.6 and other X Window System implementations which support the X11 standard.
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X11R7.7 is the eighth release in the X11R7 series.
Specific release enhancements can be viewed in the Release Notes.
Most modern PC video hardware is supported in this release, and most PC video hardware that isn't supported explicitly can be used with the "vesa" driver. The Release Notes has a table showing the drivers provided with X11R7.7, and links to related documentation.
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The documentation for this release can be found online at the X.Org web site.
The X11 version numbering system (including historical information) can be found in the Versions Document.
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This is the eighth release of the new modular source code tree. The source code has been split into nine logical modules: app, data, doc, driver, font, lib. proto, util and xserver. Each of these modules contain one or more packages that can be configured, built and installed separately. Please see an X11R7.7 release site for a complete list of the tarballs.
For information on how to build the modular tree packages see the Modular Developer's Guide. This guide also contains information for developers who want to help improve the modular build system and modular code base.
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