Announcing Release 4 of the X Window System from MIT

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Jim Fulton

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Jan 3, 1990, 4:59:31 PM1/3/90
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The MIT X Consortium is proud to announce Release 4 of the X Window System,
Version 11. Highlights of this version include:

o many bugs fixes
o the sample server has been heavily optimized, particularly for
monochrome and 8-bit color frame buffers
o support for several additional displays
o correct (and faster) wide lines
o more fonts
o new color database
o non-rectangular windows extension
o support for X Display Manager Control Protocol in server and xdm
o client support for System V, Release 3.2 and STREAMS
o function prototypes and experimental C++ support in Xlib
o security hooks for passing authentication information, plus a
sample secret token-based implementation
o enhanced Xt Intrinsics with gadgets and varargs interfaces
o support the ICCCM in libraries, clients, and window managers
o greatly improved Xaw widgets, including menu widget
o many new utility routines for standard colormaps, converters, etc.
o new window managers, including support for a revised twm
o greatly improved xmh interface
o 8-bit and on-the-fly font setting in xterm
o new ditroff previewer
o new versions of Andrew, InterViews, and Xw toolkits
o XView toolkit and OPEN LOOK window manager
o Serpent User Interface Management System
o XGKS library
o XJ, Wnn, kinput, xterm Internationalization utilities


The software in this release is not in the public domain, but is freely
available without restrictions. No license is required and there are no
royalties; vendors are actively encouraged to base products upon this software.

This release is available from a variety of sources, including:

o the Internet and UUCP sites listed below
o the MIT Software Distribution Center (address below)
o and a variety of consulting/mail-order firms


The software is organized into two main distributions: the core X Window System
software supported by the staff of the MIT X Consortium, and user- contributed
software that is provided (without support) as a public service. Sites that
have access to the Internet or UUCP can retrieve the release from the location
nearest them listed below. The indicated directories contain a README file
with further instructions and copies of the release notes.

Anonymous
Machine Internet FTP
Location Name Address Directory
-------- ------- -------- -------------

(1) West USA gatekeeper.dec.com 16.1.0.2 pub/X11/R4
Central USA mordred.cs.purdue.edu 128.10.2.2 pub/X11/R4
(2) Central USA giza.cis.ohio-state.edu 128.146.8.61 pub/X.V11R4
Southeast USA uunet.uu.net 192.48.96.2 X/R4
(3) Northeast USA crl.dec.com 192.58.206.2 pub/X11/R4

(4) UK Janet src.doc.ic.ac.uk 129.31.81.36 X.V11R4
UK niftp uk.ac.ic.doc.src <XV11R4>*

(5) Australia munnari.oz.au 128.250.1.21 X.V11/R4


Notes:

(1) The release is also available to UUCP neighbors of decwrl as
decwrl!~/pub/X11/R4/... and to DEC Easynet sites as DECWRL::"/pub/X11/R4".
The partition on which the anonymous ftp/uucp/dcp software is kept is
exported read-only as /archive for public access through NFS.

(2) The release is also available for general UUCP as follows:

L.sys (aka Systems) lines follow; the directory tree under
X.V11R4 will be accessible as osu-cis!~/X.V11R4/.

#
# Direct Trailblazer
#
osu-cis Any ACU 19200 1-614-292-5112 in:--in:--in: Uanon
#
# Micom port selector, at 1200, 2400, or 9600 bps.
# Replace ##'s below with 12, 24, or 96 (both speed and phone number).
#
osu-cis Any ACU ##00 1-614-292-31## "" \r\c Name? osu-cis nected \c GO \d\r\d\r\d\r in:--in:--in: Uanon


(3) The release is available to DEC Easynet sites as CRL::"/pub/X11/R4".

(4) For now, the release is only available to UK users of Janet; other
European sites are asked to set up their own redistributions.

(5) Australian sites are strongly urged not to try to get the release from
the United States. "Fetchfile" may also be used to retrieve the release
from the same directory.

(oo) Avoid the temptation to get the release from expo.lcs.mit.edu, esp.
between the hours of 9am and 6pm. Connections to expo during those hours
will be subject to termination without warning.


If you are unable to retrieve the release yourself, a set of four 1600bpi tapes
in UNIX tar format plus printed versions of the major manuals and a copy of the
new Gettys, Newman, and Scheifler book "X Window System: C Library and Protocol
Reference" are available from the MIT Software Center for the following rates
(prices include shipping):

tapes,
manuals, manuals,
book book
---------- ----------

North America $125 $400

Everywhere Else $175 $500


To order, please send a letter and a check payable to MIT in US currency for
the appropriate amount to:


MIT Software Distribution Center
Technology Licensing Office
room E32-300
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139


For ordering information, call the "X Ordering Hotline" at +1 (617) 258-8330.


Donna Converse, Jim Fulton, Michelle Leger,
Keith Packard, Chris Peterson, Bob Scheifler
X Consortium
MIT Laboratory for Computer Science

Ralph Swick
MIT Project Athena

Miles O'Neal

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Jan 4, 1990, 12:53:16 AM1/4/90
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In article <900103215...@expo.lcs.mit.edu> j...@EXPO.LCS.MIT.EDU (Jim Fulton) writes:
|
|The MIT X Consortium is proud to announce Release 4 of the X Window System,
|Version 11. Highlights of this version include:

And well they ought to be proud. Congratulations!

Now go get some sleep.

BTW, when will R5 be out?

No, just kidding! AAAIIIGGGGHHHHHHH

Mike Patnode

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Jan 4, 1990, 2:13:39 PM1/4/90
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>In article <900103215...@expo.lcs.mit.edu> j...@EXPO.LCS.MIT.EDU (Jim Fulton) writes:
>
>The MIT X Consortium is proud to announce Release 4 of the X Window System,
>Version 11. Highlights of this version include:

If we bring a check for $400 to the X Tech Conference can we get the
tapes and manuals then?

Mucho thanks

--
Mike Patnode The Santa Cruz Operation
SCO Software Engineer 400 Encinal Street
{ucscc,uunet}!sco!mikep mi...@sco.COM P.O. Box 1900
(408) 458-1422 Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Bob Scheifler

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Jan 4, 1990, 6:14:27 PM1/4/90
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If we bring a check for $400 to the X Tech Conference can we get the
tapes and manuals then?

It takes the Software Center a while to ramp up for a new release. I'm told
it's doubtful they'll have packages available for the X Conference, although
I'm told there will be someone on hand to take orders, and I would expect
them to start shipping not long after the X Conference.

David B. Lewis

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Jan 5, 1990, 6:01:38 PM1/5/90
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>> If we bring a check for $400 to the X Tech Conference can we get the
>> tapes and manuals then?

>It takes the Software Center a while to ramp up for a new release. I'm told


>it's doubtful they'll have packages available for the X Conference, although
>I'm told there will be someone on hand to take orders, and I would expect
>them to start shipping not long after the X Conference.

Other companies, however, may be making the R4 release available on other
forms of media. (Look for announcements soon.)

It comes in at just under 150MB. Core is 45.8MB.


David B. Lewis da...@ics.com david%ics....@bu.edu ...!uunet!ics.com!david

"Smuggling -- it's not just a job, it's an adventure!"

PS: If you load the mag tape for Core onto a 24-track studio recorder and
play it backwards, you can make out repeated chants of "proprietary window
systems are the work of the Devil".

mars...@gmail.com

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