X Window System basics
The Linux Documentation Project's X Window User HOWTO document is a good introduction to the X Window System. While it emphasizes the Linux operating system and the XFree86 implementation of the X Window System (see below), most of its contents apply to all implementations.
comp.windows.x.apps FAQ is a
regularly updated FAQ describing different types of software available
for the X Window System.
You can also find a nearly exhaustive list of links to sites providing help with the X Window System at Technical X Window System and Motif WWW Sites.
XFree86 and Xorg
If you are installing the X Window System on a computer running the
Linux operating system, you're probably using XFree86 (or
more likely its fork, Xorg), a particular implementation of the X
Window System that was originally developed for Intel-compatible PCs.
Most of the
conf file syntax between XFree86 and Xorg is
identical. If you are using XFree86 or Xorg, you may find these other
Warning: Incorrectly installing XFree86 can permanently damage a monitor, rendering it unusable. Pay very close attention to the configuration instructions that come with the operating system you are installing, and to the advice in the following documents.
At Indiana University, for personal or departmental Linux or Unix systems support, see At IU, how do I get support for Linux or Unix?
Last modified on September 16, 2013.