What is the X11 Applciation in Utilities folder for ?

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  1. Stuart.Mackie macrumors newbie

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    Some apps require X11 to run (e.g. Gimp, OpenOffice non-aqua, some Crossover features)...
     
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    It's part of Mac OS X's UNIX heritage. X11 is the universal windowing system for UNIX OS's (e.g. Linux, BSD, Solaris, etc.). It's very powerful, a bit abstruse, and a bit less pretty than Aqua.

    Most people who don't have a UNIX background probably won't ever need to use it. There are some notable exceptions. For example, Gimp, the free photoshop alternative, is an X11 application.
     
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    Although the X Windowing System is ubiquitous on UNIX and UNIX-like systems, it is by no means restricted to such systems. X Windows has long been available for the MacOS, Windows, DEC VMS, and other operating systems.
     
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    Openoffice.org is also an X11 app. So is X11 essentially a filter that allows you to run Unix apps on OS X?
     
  7. chem macrumors regular

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    yes. many apps installed via macports or fink require X11. this includes scientific graphing apps such as xmgrace or gnuplot. For more info on Apple's X11 implementation, see:

    http://trac.macosforge.org/projects/xquartz

    and links within.
     
  8. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    It's not a filter. It's a windowing system. In Mac OS X, it's an application that is used for X11 applications. Think of it as Quartz for Unix/Unix-like OS's. They both provide the same function. For Unix/Unix-like OS's, X11 works the same as it does on Mac, except it's initiated at startup and there is no X11 console like there is in Mac OS X (there's still a console though).
     

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