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Our goal: 10x impact on the world’s most intractable problems, not just 10% improvement. Other teams tackle indoor maps (Insight) and improving photography on mobile devices (GCam).
We approach projects that have the aspiration and riskiness of research with the speed and ambition of a startup. Audacious idea: deliver Internet from giant balloons flying freely on the stratospheric winds.
Additionally, in languages for which the Latin alphabet has been adapted only recently, ⟨x⟩ has been used for various sounds, in some cases inspired by European usage, but in others, for consonants uncommon in Europe.
For these no Latin letter stands out as an obvious choice, and since most of the various European pronunciations of ⟨x⟩ can be written by other means, the letter becomes available for more unusual sounds. In mathematics, x is commonly used as the name for an independent variable or unknown value.
Chinese names starting with Xi like Xiaomi or Xinjiang).
Many of the words that start with ⟨x⟩ are of Greek origin, or standardized trademarks (Xerox) or acronyms (XC). XMIT for transmit, XFER for transfer), "cross-" (e.g.
X-ing for crossing, XREF for cross-reference), "Christ-" as shorthand for the labarum (e.g.
Xmas for Christmas, Xian for Christian), the "crys-" in crystal (XTAL), or various words starting with "ex-" (e.g. X is the third least frequently used letter in English (after ⟨q⟩ and ⟨z⟩), with a frequency of about 0.15% in words.
The development work is being done in conjunction with the community. Org Foundation is the educational non-profit corporation whose Board serves this effort, and whose Members lead this work. More mailing lists on X Window System and related technologies along with subscription directions are available at XOrg Foundation. There are many Mirrors from which you can download source code to the X Window System.
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Many of these are acknowledged in previous distribution release notes.
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