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Authored by: stewby on Feb 14, '04 12:22:00PM

Definitely not a stupid question. Unfortunately, the answer to the question "does that mean that I could copy the program over onto my powerbook and run it under OS X via X11" is definitely no (Macs use PowerPC chips, basically no-one else does, so compiled code is not transportable).

However, if you have access to the source code of this program, it might well be possible to recompile the program for OS X, then run it under X11... sometimes this is trivial, sometimes it takes quite a bit of know-how; it all depends. As neophyte computer user, getting it to run on your computer might be essentially impossible, unfortunately. The power of X11 and the BSD core of OS X is that projects like fink can take hundreds of programs and utilities (the GIMP, for example), and make OS X versions that anyone can install and use.

If you have the source-code for this program, you might try to find someone who could help you see if porting it over would be easy to do.

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