The X Desktop Group Mission Statement

The X Desktop Group (XDG) was formed in March 2000 to encourage cooperation among open source desktops for the X Window System.

An X desktop is a graphical environment designed to give a technologically advanced, user-friendly face to the X Window System running on UNIX-like operating systems. Most X desktops also provide a development infrastructure for writing applications that integrate well with the desktop.

XDG has the following concrete goals:

The concrete goals of XDG stem from the following general principles: