XWindows for Mac OS X

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by shwetabh, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. shwetabh macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2004
    I recently purchased a 15" powerbook and since I am used to working on a UNIX environment installed the free X windows on it as well. However, to get applications the only place I could find was fink.org , which is working well but I am having a few problems installing some of the applications. I was wondering if someone else has any XWindows experience on Macs and knows where to get applications for the same. Thanks.
  2. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    Fink.org as a app called fink-commander(fc).
    fc works as apt-get and you can install via fink comander.
    (if you want you can still use apt-get in xterm)
    Be sure to install the whole fink package (think the newest is 0.7).
    Almost all gnu/linux (and other unix sources) apps can be compiled with standard configure and make commands.
    You can also install a window manager under x11 also,
    i tried first to get kde to work but there was some bugs.
    I'm now running Windowmaker (GNU Step) on my powerbook.
    There is a nice feature that make x11 either run in fullscreen or in the same desktop as macosx.

    Here is macosx and windowmaker on the same desktop:

    And here is only windowmaker in x11 environment:
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    X11 is on your installer DVD if you're running Panther. Use Pacifist to get the package off of the DVD and install it.
  4. iBert macrumors regular


    Jul 14, 2004
    Sometimes, you'll find apps that say they need x11 and they have a dmg file. Example Open Office, MatLab. But look at the apps you want and see if they have the mac port of it. If not try getting the source and install it as if you are in unix.

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