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VcXsrv Comments

VcXsrv Is Active

Comment by johnmorris
about VcXsrv Apr 2016

Another criteria -- VCXsrv is also active, measured by update activity in 2016. Thanks to the team for the work.


Windows X Server For VPS -- VcXsrv Works

Positive Comment by johnmorris
about VcXsrv Apr 2016

I researched all the alternatives. They are either tricky with lots of cognitive load (Cygwin/X) or ultimately quite expensive (the two popular-for-corporates offerings) if you want any kind of flexibility. VcXsrv "works" and is very "simple". Even though the documentation is sparse in the extreme. We use it to access a VPS, along with Putty, from Windows 7. Worth trying if you want to focus on business and your new VPS apps.