This book orients the new user to window system concepts and provides detailed tutorials for many client programs including the xterm terminal emulator and the mvm window manager. Once you have a basic knowledge of the system, the later chapters explain how to customize the X environment and provide sample configurations.
The X Window System User's Guide, Motif Edition, reflects X 11 Release 4 and Motif 1.1. Though Motif is not strictly part of the X Window System but a commercial product layered on top of it, it has gained wide acceptance. X users working in a Motif environment will find this edition of the User's Guide contains much useful new information. In particular, the book describes how to use the Motif mwm window manager in conjunction with the standard MIT X clients. It also describes differences between these clients (built with the MIT Athena widget set) and commercial client programs built with the OSF/Motif widget set.
The guide describes:
Starting the system and opening the first client windows
Using the xterm terminal emulator and the mwm window manager
Most standard release clients, including programs for graphics, printing, font manipulation, window/display information and removing the windows, as well as several "desktop" utilities
Customizing the window manager, keyboard, display, and certain basic features of any client program
System administration tasks, including managing fonts, starting X automatically, and using the display manager, xdm, to run X on a single display or multiple displays
The books in the X Window System Series are based in part on the original MIT X Window System documentation but, are far more comprehensive, easy to use, and are loaded with examples, tutorials, and helpful hints. Over 20 major computer manufacturers recommend or license volumes in the series. In short, these books are the definitive guides to the X Window System.