X Window System

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The X Window System (X11, or shortened to simply X) is a windowing system for bitmap displays, common on UNIX-like computer operating systems. (Wikipedia)

Install X.org Server

Install X.org display server (maybe install xorg-apps as well)

pacman -S xorg-server xorg-xinit mesa

Setup video card

Use the command lspci to list your video card an install the packages accordingly:

  • Nvidea
    • x32 open source: xf86-video-nouveau lib32-nouveau-dri
    • x32 closed source: lib32-nvidia-libgl
  • Intel:
    • x64: No addtional packages required
    • x32 support: xf86-intel lib32-intel-dri lib32-mesa lib32-libgl
  • VirtualBox: virtualbox-guest-utils


Start session

Install requirements, for Arch Linux

pacman -S xterm


Desktop environment

X display managers

X window managers

See also