Chapter 5 The X Window System

Table of Contents
5.1 Synopsis
5.2 Understanding X
5.3 Installing XFree86
5.4 XFree86 Configuration
5.5 Using Fonts in XFree86
5.6 The X Display Manager
5.7 Desktop Environments

5.1 Synopsis

FreeBSD uses XFree86 to provide users with a powerful graphical user interface. XFree86 is a open-source implementation of the X Window System. This chapter will cover installation and configuration of XFree86 on a FreeBSD system. For more information on XFree86 and video hardware that it supports, check the XFree86 web site.

After reading this chapter, you will know:

Before reading this chapter, you should:

This, and other documents, can be downloaded from

For questions about FreeBSD, read the documentation before contacting <>.
For questions about this documentation, e-mail <>.