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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?

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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.

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Thanks ernesto. When you say the difference between 2007 and 2012 versions must be obvious what do you mean? –  user815423426 Jan 18 '13 at 15:10
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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
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