Help Me, X11, X86, & Linux?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MacBoy88, Mar 18, 2003.

  1. MacBoy88 macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2003
    First off What is X11, And x86?
    What is diffrence?
    And i also want to install Red Hat on my iBook? Can I do that, and I read somewhere that I need one of the "x**" Programs?

    Someone please help me !!

    BTW, What are some good programs for x11?

    Thank you in advance.

    :)MacBoy88, 14:)
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    X11 is XWindows, a graphics library and simple windowing tool primarily used with UNIX.

    x86 is a processor instruction set used by Intel, AMD, VIA, Transmeta, and others. This is opposed to the PPC instruction set, which Macs use.

    If you want Red Hat Linux, you need to use it with an x86-compatible computer or emulate one on your Mac using Virtual PC.

    Instead, you could get Yellow Dog Linux, its close cousin, or SuSE or Debian, which are other varieties of Linux with run on your iBook.
  3. icetraxxg5 macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2002
    Commerce Township
    First, X11 is a Windowing system for unix based systems, sort of like Aqua on MacOS X but it runs on multiple platforms, OSes, and it is open source ( Apple supports an X11 environment to use on MacOS X, ). x86 is a processor architecture, x86 is what most intel (pentium) and AMD processors are. Macs use PowerPC processors.

    Redhat Linux is for x86 based processors and wont work on a PowerPC processor. There are many Linuxes similar to Redhat Linux for PowerPC processors, Yellow Dog Linux for example (

  4. shadowfax macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    i just have to point out Fink as the easiest way to get X11 apps to complement installing apple's X11. check it out.
  5. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    #5 is pretty cool and works with X11 :)
    Pretty decent alternative to Office :p
  6. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    Yes, with Apple's X11 you can get most open source software to work on Mac OS X. Trying to run Linux on the same box will just lead to confusion. Mac OS X has all the Unix goodness, plus a nicer GUI and commercial software (including good games).

    Get the X11 beta from Apple's website and install it. Then you can use OpenOffice, FreeCiv, Gimp, etc.

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