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XConsortium - X Consortium information


Release 6.3 of X Version 11 was brought to you by X Consortium, Inc.


The X Consortium was an independent, not-for-profit Delaware membership corporation. It was formed in 1993 as the successor to the MIT X Consortium. The purpose of the X Consortium was to foster the development, evolution, and maintenance of the X Window System, a comprehensive set of vendor-neutral, system-architecture neutral, network-transparent windowing and user interface standards.

The X Window System was created in the mid-1980s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1988, MIT formed a member-funded consortium to provide the technical and administrative leadership necessary to support further development of the X Window System. In 1992, MIT and the membership decided it was in their best interests to move the consortium out of MIT and create an independent, stand-alone organization. All rights to the X Window System were assigned by MIT to X Consortium, Inc. on January 1, 1994. X Consortium, Inc. closed its doors on December 31, 1996. All rights to the X Window System have been assigned to the Open Software Foundation.

The X Consortium was financially self-supporting through membership fees. There are no license fees associated with the use of X Window System standards and code developed by the X Consortium. Membership in the X Consortium was open to any organization willing to execute a membership agreement.

The X Consortium was a highly participative body. Members were encouraged to actively cooperate with the staff and other members in the design and review of proposed specifications, and in the design, coding and testing of sample implementations of those specifications.

The X Consortium accomplished most of its work using electronic mail over the Internet, with individual mailing lists for working groups. Internet electronic mail connectivity was viewed as a requirement for useful participation in X Consortium activities. Meetings were held as necessary, often in conjunction with industry conferences and trade shows.


 Bob Scheifler
 Office Manager:
 Janet O'Halloran
 Director of Marketing:
 Paul Lavallee
 Director of Engineering:
 Jim Fournier
 Manager, X Window System:
 Matt Landau, emeritus
 Technical Director, X Window System:
 Ralph Swick
 Technical Staff, X Window System:
 Donna Converse, emeritus
 Stephen Gildea, emeritus
 Kaleb Keithley
 Arnaud Le Hors
 Ralph Mor, emeritus
 Ray Tice
 Dave Wiggins, emeritus
 Managers, CDE Development:
 Giora Guth
 Peter Bohnert, emeritus
 Manager, CDE Quality Engineering:
 David Brooks
 CDE Architects:
 Kevin Samborn
 Daniel Dardailler, emeritus
 Technical Staff, CDE Development:
 Art Barstow
 Pascale Dardailler
 David Kaelbling
 Mitch Greess
 Robert Seacord
 Technical Staff, CDE Quality Engineering:
 Chris Burleson
 Tom Cavin
 Sami Mohammed
 Mark Schuldenfrei
 Manager, Systems Administration:
 Kevin Ethier
 Technical Staff, Systems Administration:
 Mike Donati
 Amy Rich, emeritus
 Anne Salemme


The X Consortium's activities and affairs were managed under the direction and oversight of a Board of Directors, elected annually by the Members. The Board was responsible for reviewing the achievements of the Consortium, approving planned work, appointing a President and other officers of the Consortium, and setting membership dues. The last Directors were:
 Robert W. Scheifler, President, X Consortium
 Dr. Forest Baskett, Senior VP of R&D, Silicon Graphics Computer Systems
 Harold D. Blair, Apogee International Corp.
 Roger S. Gourd, Gourd & Associates
 Dr. Robin Hillyard, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, Novasoft Systems
 Don McGovern, General Operations Manager and Executive Dir., Hewlett Packard
 Peter J. Shaw, Senior VP, NetManage
 Michael Tobias, President, Tech-Source, Inc.


To reach the X Consortium public Wide World Web server, use the URL:

To reach the X Consortium public ftp machine, use anonymous ftp to:


 Adobe Systems Inc.
 Cray Research, Inc.
 Digital Equipment Corp.
 Fujitsu Limited
 Hewlett-Packard Company
 Hitachi Ltd.
 IBM Corporation
 Megatek Corp.
 Motorola, Inc.
 NEC Corporation
 Novell, Inc.
 Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
 OMRON Corporation
 SCO, Inc.
 Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG
 Silicon Graphics, Inc.
 Sony Corporation
 Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 Tektronix, Inc.


 Boundless Technologies
 Hummingbird Communications Ltd.
 Insignia Solutions, Ltd.
 Mercury Interactive Corp.
 NetManage, Inc.
 Network Computing Devices
 VisiCom Laboratories, Inc.
 Walker Richer & Quinn, Inc.


 Hughes Aircraft Company


 ASTEC, Inc.
 BARCO Chromatics, Inc.
 CenterLine Software, Inc.
 CliniComp, Intl.
 Component Integration Laboratories, Inc.
 Draper Laboratory.
 Electronic Book Technologies, Inc.
 Gallium Software, Inc.
 Georgia Institiute of Technology
 Human Designed Systems, Inc.
 INRIA - Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique
 Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc.
 Investment Management Services, Inc.
 Jupiter Systems
 KL Group Inc.
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Metheus Corporation
 Metro Link, Inc.
 Object Management Group, Inc.
 Open Software Foundation
 Performance Awareness Corp.
 Peritek Corp.
 Petrotechnical Open Software Corp.
 Point Technologies, Inc.
 Shiman Associates, Inc.
 Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
 Software Development Corp.
 SOUM Corporation
 Spectragraphics Corp.
 Tech-Source, Inc.
 TriTeal Corp.
 White Pine Software, Inc.
 World Wide Web Consortium.
 The XFree86 Project, Inc.
 X Inside, Inc.