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What is "WindowServer"? — Process safety information — MacInside (Beta)
The WindowServer is used to launch any process your run from the Mac OS X GUI. It is a server process to composite/draw windows onto the screen. It deals with taking the bitmap of each window and drawing it to the correct location on screen (as an OpenGL texture these days), layering the windows correctly and compositing them where there are translucent areas (again all done in OpenGL these days). It also handles the double buffering of windows backing stores allowing the updates to the window content to be smooth and flicker free.
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