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I'm looking to run Cygwin xterm on my machine. For this I need an X server, which one would you recommend?

It's important that it won't leak memory too much, and that it would be fast enough to allow reasonable terminal based work on the PC.

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How about Cygwin/X?

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  • I see there are 2 alternatives Cygwin/X and Xming. Do you know which one is lighter in terms of cpu/memory consumption? Mar 16 '10 at 11:25
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    Xming is simple and easier to install though less configurable than Cygwin/X. It also has the advantage of more active development. On the other hand, Cygwin/X is much closer port of X for Windows with all the possible features. Mar 16 '10 at 13:11
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When I was on MS Windows XP, I found Xming to be quite stable, manageable and not resource-hungry.

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Have a look at ciXwin, a standalone solution packaging all Cygwin/X base stuff, fonts and ssh into a small and convenient installer (about 30 MB). ciXwin is designed for displaying remote clients via ssh. It is free for use and distribution under 2-sentence BSD license.

Disclaimer: I am the developer :-)

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