X server for original PC (8088/8086)

Zane Healy healyzh at aracnet.com
Fri Aug 19 16:40:14 CDT 2016

> On Aug 19, 2016, at 11:08 AM, Chris Hanson <cmhanson at eschatologist.net> wrote:
> Back in the day, did anyone produce an X11 server for DOS-based 8086/8088 systems, say with support for Hercules or CGA graphics? Or was that strictly a 286-or-better thing, given the overall constraints of the 8086 architecture?
> (There were plenty of mouse-and-window systems for the PC/XT back then, I expect black & white X11 over a serial link would not be *that* bad…)
>  -- Chris

The only thing that comes to mind is DESQview/X, and IIRC, that required a minimum of a 386.  

I tend to think that X11 over serial would be nothing short of nightmarish.  After all, that’s why we have VNC.


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