Check out the GTK on DirectFB project, if running an app like the GIMP without X11 excites you. DirectFB uses the framebuffer device in the Linux kernel, and can replace X as a “Window System”, or at least, the basic parts of one. The fact that an app as complicated as the GIMP can run using the Linux framebuffer device is pretty cool.
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