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What's the story behind the name "X11"?

The short version is that X11 was the first widely-disseminated version, and it turned out to be good enough to remain as-is for thirty years. X is the X Window System, which at its core is a ...
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Which system was the first which was capable of running graphics programs remotely?

I suppose what you are looking for are graphics terminals: systems that receive display instructions over a (relatively) slow connection, like a network or a serial line, and construct and display an ...
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What software stack could I use to get X10 (the version of X before X11) up and running on a modern system?

Because of the fact that it is well-documented, widely-supported on modern systems, and emulates hardware that was an early adopter of the X Window System in the mid-1980s, I would suggest that a ...
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What software stack could I use to get X10 (the version of X before X11) up and running on a modern system?

As I recall, X10 was mostly done as part of the MIT 'Athena' project with a lot of contribution from DEC WSL. MIT is were we got our source tape from. At that time, we would have been running ...
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Which system was the first which was capable of running graphics programs remotely?

The PLATO system, starting with PLATO IV (1972), had 512x512 bitmap terminals that connected to a mainframe (CDC Cyber). Many early iterations of graphical game genres (MUD, FPS, ...) were programmed ...
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Which system was the first which was capable of running graphics programs remotely?

Back in the 1970s, you could run a program on a DECsystem-10 that would display graphics on a DEC GT-42 (which was basically a PDP 11/10 with a video display). The GT-42 was connected via serial ...
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What software stack could I use to get X10 (the version of X before X11) up and running on a modern system?

According to the Wikipedia article, in 1985, X6 was released and DEC showed interest for its Ultrix workstations. In 1986, X10 was release, and in 1987, they switched to X11. Other sources (lost the ...
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What software stack could I use to get X10 (the version of X before X11) up and running on a modern system?

X10 was the default window system on the Sun-3/50s in the WEB (Workstations in Evans Basement) at Berkeley, circa 1986-1990. So I know it was available for 68020 machines running SunOS 3.x (mostly 4....
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What software stack could I use to get X10 (the version of X before X11) up and running on a modern system?

I have 4.3BSD Quasijarus with X10R4 ready to run on a VAXstation 3900: https://github.com/larsbrinkhoff/prebuilt-emulator-images-with-interesting-software-installed/
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Which system was the first which was capable of running graphics programs remotely?

The way the question is worded, several answers are possible. Is it about remote stations capable of displaying glaphical output? Then essentially every graphics terminal/display/workstation ...
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Which system was the first which was capable of running graphics programs remotely?

Programs written in the PostScript graphics programming language (1984) typically ran on a Motorola 68000 CPU remotely from the host computer.
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