DECwindows Motif

A GUI to an OpenVMS system.

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The DECwindows Motif software follows a client/server processing model, where the server is a single-shared process that performs operations at the request of many client processes.

In most client/server relationships, the client system is located on the desktop, while the server system resides across the network. With DECwindows Motif, as in all X Window System environments, the server system resides on the desktop and displays graphics onscreen.

The client is a process, such as a desktop application or X Window System utility, that issues X protocol requests. For example, in the DECwindows Motif environment, desktop applications (such as DECterm) and X Window System utilities (such as xlsfonts) are the clients that interact with the X display server. The client controls what appears on the display server system and generates the graphic interface with which the user interacts.

In the DECwindows architecture, as with most client/server processing models, the client and display server may reside on separate systems. These systems are connected to each other by a network transport that is essentially transparent to the user. DECwindows Motif supports the following transport mechanisms:


The following components make up the DECwindows Motif client software:

Latest Version

Alpha Integrity X86
1.7F 1.7E 1.8


Integrity: per active socket.
Alpha: ALPHA-LP.