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XFree86 Project, Inc.

Overview: The XFree86 Project, Inc produced XFree86, a freely redistributable open-source implementation of the X Window System. XFree86 ran primarily on UNIX and UNIX-like operating systems like Linux, all of the BSD variants, Sun Solaris (both native 32 and 64 bit support), Solaris x86, Mac OS X (via Darwin), SGI's Irix, and other platforms like OS/2 and Cygwin. XFree86 provided a client/server interface between display hardware (the mouse, keyboard, and video displays) and the desktop environment and also provides both the windowing infrastructure and a standardized application interface (API). The goal of the XFree 86 Project was to implement it on as many hardware and software platforms as possible, by enhancing and extending it to meet the needs of new hardware and software platforms and by licensing it in a manner that is the same as or equivalent in spirit to the original MIT/X license. The X Window System was originally created by the X Consortium, which was launched within MIT, subsequently spun out as an independent consortium, and later transferred the X Window System to the Open Software Foundation (which itself was later merged with X/Open, to form The Open Group). The X Window System license is one of the progenitors of open source licenses. *Dissolved in 2003

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