APPENDIX 1D X Window System Survival Guide

  1. Lincoln D. Stein

Published Online: 1 MAR 2007

DOI: 10.1002/0471250953.bia01ds17

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics

How to Cite

Stein, L. D. 2007. X Window System Survival Guide. Current Protocols in Bioinformatics. 17:1D:A.1D.1–A.1D.11.

Author Information

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

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAR 2007
  2. Published Print: 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.


  • VNC;
  • Virtual Network Computer;
  • X Window;
  • Unix