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More fluidly followed: Xeyes after eleven years with the next update

Version 1.2 awakens a classic of the free desktop from its slumber: Xeyes is getting another major update after eleven years. The program displays two eyes on the screen that follow the mouse pointer. It is a pure demo application that can trace its origins back to 1988.

Xeyes 1.2 now offers two major innovations: The program is now based on the X.org extensions Present and XInput2. As a result, the X server should display the eye movements even more smoothly and report the activities of the user to the boss, which is still not defined in more detail.

Details about the update can be found in the brief announcement the developer Alan Coopersmith and Keith Packard. As usual, Xeyes can be found in many Linux distributions and BSDs, but is also part of projects such as XQuartz for macOS or Xming for Windows.


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