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X11 based tools

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I am working with UNIX and videoconferencing tools (all this is new to me) and i came across the term 'X11 based tools', but i am not sure what is meant by this, can you help please?
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It is hard to be precise with out more context, but I can answer generically.  Unix has a windowing system just as PC's do.  On the PC it is Windows95, on Unix it is called "X".  It is properly referred to as the "X windowing system" or more commonly as "X Windows".  There have been 11 Versions of X, with each version having one or more minor "releases", Thus the latest X if X version 11, release 6. This is sometimes written as X11R6. The major versions tended to change the protocol, so tools written for one version often did not work with other versions.  This is not the case so much with the releases, so a tool written for X11R1 would work with X11R6, but not X10 or vice versa.  Thus a set of tools would be referred to as "X11 based tools" would indicate that they are a set of GUI tools, written to work with the X11 version of the X windowing system.

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A good answer; most of my queries regarding X11 have been answered.
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