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Jamey Sharp jamey at minilop.net
Fri May 5 22:47:54 PDT 2006

Hi Florent,

Many of your questions are answered by this Wikipedia article, which you
may have found already. See especially the "History" section, and note
that most distributions have switched from XFree86 to X.org.

You may also want to read the Wikipedia article on Xlib.

Rather than using either Xlib or XCB, most programmers should probably
be using toolkits such as Gtk+ or Qt. I don't recommend starting your
studies of X with Xlib or XCB, because these libraries are very
low-level, and difficult to use for normal applications. However, if you
eventually want to work with the raw X protocol, XCB is a much better
choice than Xlib.

XCB is compatible with all X servers that implement X protocol 11.0,
which was first released September 15th, 1987 (according to Wikipedia).
So basically, yes, it's compatible with all X servers. :-)

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