X11... What is is?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Drew017, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Drew017 macrumors 65816

    Drew017

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    After doing some browsing on my Mac, in the Utilities folder is an app called X11. I opened it, and it looked like terminal. Exactly what does X11 do... and How do I use it? Thanks!

    PS- I'm running OS X 10.5.8
     
  2. coolspot18 macrumors 65816

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  3. alexreich, Feb 3, 2012
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    alexreich macrumors 6502a

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    I don't exactly understand it, but I know it helps various applications run in OS X. I know whenever I open Gimp (a image editing software) or Wine and WineBottler (apps to run Windows applications directly in OS X) it opens while I am using those applications.
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    *NIX applications are written to work with as many different systems as possible. One of the big issues with porting a *NIX application is the GUI since different targets use different GUI calls. X11 provides an interface between the *NIX applications and the GUI of the target system. X11 is a heavy duty protocol that provides a lot of flexibility.
     

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