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Chapter 19. X Window System Applications > Installing the XFree86 OS X Distribu...

Installing the XFree86 OS X Distribution

The XFree86 distribution changes on a regular basis, and the installation process for it is modified with almost the same regularity. Apple has begun providing an easy-installing distribution of X11 from its OS X software Web site, so if you relish simplicity, you might want to work with Apple's distribution. If you're itching for the most recent features available, you'll wnat to work with the distribution straight from XFree86. For the most current installation method, we suggest that you visit the SourceForge XonX site (go to http://www.sourceforge.com/ and search for xonx), read the documentation, and follow what SourceForge has to say. Alternatively, as of the most recent XonX project release, the XFree86 distribution itself has had OS X/Darwin support rolled into it (but the XonX project might have more recent or experimental code available).

As of this writing, the XFree86 installation process involves downloading a number of files and running an installation script. Because we can't be sure that this process will be identical by the time you're reading this, we'll cover both the idealized and current installation protocols here.


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