Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

For the sole purpose of remotely accessing X applications on Linux from a Windows machine:

  • What are the differences between Xming and Cygwin/X? (e.g. in terms of speed/features). Do they satisfy the same needs?

Also, there seem to be two separate "branches" of Xming

  • The Xming public release 6.9.03, that was released in 2007 (5 years ago)
  • The more recent stable release (for donors only), last updated in July, 2012

What are the differences between them?

share|improve this question

I think Cygwin/X and Xming used to share the same code base. However, each one started their own improvements once they are separated.

The difference between 2007 and 2012 versions must be obvious.

I suggest Cygwin/X over Xming as Xming is not free and not configurable.

share|improve this answer
Thanks ernesto. When you say the difference between 2007 and 2012 versions must be obvious what do you mean? – Amelio Vazquez-Reina Jan 18 '13 at 15:10
I mean development on 2007 version is halted. No more bug fixes/enhancements for that version. Whereas the latest version will have all latest code, fixes and tested properly on latest platform such as windows 7. – ernesto Jan 19 '13 at 6:40

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.