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Part V: Under Mac OS X's Hood > Running the X Windows System

Chapter 23. Running the X Windows System

The XFree86 project (http://www.xfree86.org) is an open source implementation of The X Window System—a.k.a., X Windows, or just X11 (X eleven)—which for many years has brought GUIs to all types of Unix. Less than a year after Apple's initial release of Mac OS X, the XFree86 team announced stable Darwin support.

The most significant thing X Windows can offer your Mac is the ability to run lots of Unix programs that require a GUI but are programmed using X11's own widget-working APIs, not Aqua's. Apple does not bundle X11 support with Mac OS X, however; you have to obtain it separately and install it yourself.


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