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Terminology

You will be using the X Window System. It's available on most Unix machines. One of the most important programs you'll run is a Window manager. This lets you move, resize and iconify windows, and usually provides menus too. twm which should be available on all machines running X, but fvwm2 is more commonly used here. mwm, the window manager that's part of Motif (a look-and-feel standard), is available on the HPs but not on SUNs.

Something less vital, but still useful, is a File Manager which provides an icon-based view of the filesystem so that you can just click on icons to run programs, change directory etc. We use xfm.

There are many X clients (applications which run under X). One type that's especially hard to do without is Terminal Emulators - programs that simulate a text terminal. xterm is our usual one, which simulates a VT100 terminal. HP's own alternative is called hpterm.

Only one window at a time can accept input. Window managers have different ways of indicating which window has input focus, and how input focus can be changed.


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Tim Love
2001-01-10