OSX Shell replacement?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by amphibious, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2005
    I can't stand OSX, but I need to be working on a major platform (Windows or MacOS) for a project and I'm really not inclined to go with a Windows computer. Since OSX is based on BSD, do any of the BSD window managers work on OSX? I'd much rather use IceWM or KDE... is this a possibility?

  2. macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2005
    Shell... you are using the wrong term. Shell is like Bash, TCSH, Sh etc... You are talking about a window manager...

  3. jhu
    macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004
    yes you can. occasionally i boot into darwin only and run x. if you want to try this out you need to edit the the "/etc/ttys" file as follows (basically, comment out the second console line and uncomment the first console line):

    # @(#)ttys 5.2 (Berkeley) 6/10/93
    # name getty type status comments
    # If the console is marked insecure, single-user requires
    # the root password.
    console "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600" vt100 on secure
    #console /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS/loginwindow"

    then login, and type 'startx' if you have x installed.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2005
    A shell is an interface. A windows manager is a kind of shell.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2004

    Umm... no.... What you are trying to change is the "Window Manager". As previously suggested... a shell is something like bash, etc.

    BTW: what's the diff between using linux and OS X? Linux is probably more of a major OS than OS X (install base wise)
  6. macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2005
    lol no, did you not read what i wrote? Shell = Bash, Sh, Tcsh
  7. macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    So MacOS is a major platform, but OS X isn't? Most of the user base of Mac's are on OS X.

    Since you are an expert you'd think you could take 2 seconds and google, but NOOOOO you have to call MacOS a major platform.


    can be installed by fink...

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