what is X11

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by junkionxl, Mar 2, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2003
    I wanna know what is X11? I am hearing about it on mac pages but nothing to detailed for it. I can not download it i am still under 9.2.2 and my mac is to slow to run OS X. If anyone can give me a site that is detailed and to the point of what it is or someone can explian i would be appreciate it.
  2. macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
  3. macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    what speed is your computer? you may be fast enough to run it... if you're running 9.2.2 it should work fine... i run X on my iMac 400 and while it's not the fastest in the world, it works great for my use...

    unless you need *nix compatability, which i'm guessing you don't, ignore X11.

  4. macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2002
    All up in your bidness
    X11 is a really awful old windowing system that is sadly still in use in the Unix world and has been kept at least semi-modern by loads and loads of "extensions" that enable it to do things it once wasn't able to do* (like font rendering, alpha blending, changing resolution on the fly, direct OpenGL support, etc.). Unfortunately, these extensions, added onto its original shoddy design, have had the effect of making it an incoherent, bloated mess.

    "I think X Windows is brain-damaged and will fail."
    -- Steve Jobs, summer 1987 Usenix conference. He was half right.

    * Although X11 can "do" these things, it can only do them in a kludgy, haphazard, nonstanard manner.

    For more information about X11, go here.

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