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What is X11 good for?
Authored by: MtnBiker on Jan 12, '03 09:57:45PM

From the other posts, many seem to know, but as a Mac user, but not much of a UNIX user, I'm in the dark about what X11 is and what it provides. Obviously some good things or people wouldn't be so exited about this capablility.

I hope this isn't too bad a place to post this and thanks for your patience.

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What is X11 good for?
Authored by: soufle on Feb 06, '03 07:48:49PM

This is not a good place for this but since you asked ...

If I understand correctly ...

X11 is a window server which has been used on UNIX for years. Many open source apps were built on this window system (check out and or In other words, there are now MANY open source apps available to the Mac that were not available in the past since we now have BSD (UNIX?) and X11 available on a Mac.

While some of these were ported to MacOS in the past, here are some examples Gimp (Photoshop like), Ghostview (Postscript viewer), Gnuplot (data visualization), Emacs (text editor), Awk (pattern-directed scanning and processing language) and many more.

For more recent Mac porting efforts one should check out

Some other terms you hear like tvtwm twm, mwm are window managers (control the way windows look and, to some extent, work in X11). Even more terms like Gnome or KDE are desktop environments all of which run on X windows.

Hope this helps and does not annoy the "experienced" users.

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What is X11 good for?
Authored by: jackAlbright on Mar 18, '03 02:47:05PM

I don't see any reason why the guy can't ask a question here. There are all levels of users who come to this site, some with alot of unix experience, some with none. Its really not that hard to refrain from the snide comments, is it? If you don't want to answer his question, then don't. If you do, why not do it graciously?

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