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Part: VI Server/Network Administration > X Window System Applications

Chapter 19. X Window System Applications

In this chapter, we introduce the X Window System, Unix's favored graphical user interface (GUI). If we haven't convinced you that this Unix stuff is too confusing, you shouldn't be too bothered by the fact that the X Window System is rather different from the Mac OS GUI and the OS X Aqua GUI, and that frequently it exists best as a completely separate graphical interface.

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We have a few too many Xs to go around. The X Window System, though, has had its X for two decades longer than Mac OS X, so we're going to have to get used to the nomenclature. The X Window System is usually referred to as X#, where # is the major revision number. Alternatively, you may see X#Rn, where # is the major revision, and n is the minor revision. As of this writing, X11R6 is the current version, but it is generally referred to as X11, or more simply, just X.


Both a bit of a boon and bane to the new Mac OS X user, the X Window System will be an important, if somewhat confusing, feature of OS X for some time to come. As the de facto standard for Unix GUI applications, you will find a considerable amount of software that has been written to use the X Window System. Much of this software probably will be slow in being ported to the OS X interface, and some might not be ported at all. Because of this, it is important that you install the software to allow you to use the X Window System, and get to know a little about the way that the interface works. For this you have a choice, at the time of this writing, between two different products: the XFree86 open source X11R6 distribution known as XonX, and the commercial X11R6 distribution available from Tenon systems, XTools. This chapter will cover the differences and benefits of each, as well as provide a basic introduction of how the X Window System interacts with the OS X interface.


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