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Is there any reason to upgrade from Darwin?
Authored by: wolf10 on Jan 09, '03 12:31:15AM

Just a quick question -- if I already have XDarwin (Xfree86) installed, does it make any sense to install Apple's X11 environment? How easy would it be to remove XDarwin and install the Apple X11 over it?

Thanks -- Tom



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Upgrade from XDarwin? -Yes
Authored by: iv on Jan 09, '03 02:09:09AM

Yes, the speed increase is really noticable. Plus, you get window interleaving, dock minimizing and copy-paste etc. to work. In short the new X11 makes X11-apps feel like "real" mac-apps, a bit like Java apps (exept for the UI and for those with international keymappings).

Installation depends on your setup, if (like me) you have installed the stand-alone XDarwin package in default location (i.e. not through fink), there is no need to remove it. The Apple-X11 will install directly over your existing installation in few minutes. You can still use XDarwin with the new X-executable (you get some of the speed benefits but still get to use your preferred window manager and keymapping). X11 does not alter (or use) /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.

Anyway, whatever your system, IMHO it's well worth the installing time.



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Upgrade XDarwin Yes, OroborOSX Maybe.
Authored by: steventamm on Jan 09, '03 03:27:28PM

If you were using raw XDarwin, I would switch in a heartbeat. Everyone else will. Make sure you customize in the installer it to overwrite your config files. Better yet, uninstall XDarwin (with fink or OSXPM).

If you were using OroborOSX, I might wait for at least one more revision. The simpler copy/paste and difference in speed (which I thought was minor, but other people find it to be dramatic) didn't outweigh the different in features for me. Keymapping's other than US seem to not work. Resizing is busted for me, and the resize box is intrusive. I also got used to transparency in my terminal windows. But, that's me.



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