APPENDIX 1D X Window Survival Guide

  1. Lincoln D. Stein

Published Online: 1 NOV 2002

DOI: 10.1002/0471250953.bia01ds00

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

How to Cite

Stein, L. D. 2002. X Window Survival Guide. Current Protocols in Bioinformatics. 1:1D.

Author Information

  1. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 NOV 2002
  2. Published Print: JAN 2003

This is not the most recent version of the article. View current version (1 MAR 2007)


Logging-in to a Unix system from a console typically initiates a graphical desktop environment that is similar to the Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh desktops. Logging-in remotely to a Unix system, however, typically limits the user to a small text-only window, which is unable to launch graphical applications. This appendix describes the two main options for overcoming this obstacle: a Virtual Network Computer (VNC) and the X Window System.