xeyes is a graphical computer program showing two googly eyes which follow the cursor movements on the screen as if they were watching it. According to the X Window System manual page, it was initially written by Jeremy Huxtable for the NeWS system and presented at the SIGGRAPH conference in 1988. It was then ported to X11 by Keith Packard. Its popularity is due to its having been run by default at the startup of the GUI in many installations. OS/2 Warp comes with xeyes by default as well.
The manual pages of xeyes typically claim tongue-in-cheek that the program reports the user's activities to an unspecified “Boss”.
- "". comp.windows.news. 25 Jul 1988. Web link. Retrieved 2012-06-12. Jeremy Huxtable's 1988 version in NeWS Postscript
- Source repository for current version of xeyes
- XEyes for Windows, ReactOS and Wine
- Gnome Eyes, a clone for the Gnome Panel
- LookAtMe! is a step forward making the eyes follow the user (camera vision), not the mouse pointer