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Using Tenon XTools

Tenon's XTools is a commercial X Window System server version for OS X, with one very significant feature difference that makes it well worth the cost for some users. XTools can operate both in a rooted fashion like the current implementation of XonX/XFree86, as well as in a rootless environment. In the rootless environment, it does away with the traditional X11 root window, and allows the X server to display windows directly into the Aqua GUI environment. Additionally, it allows the Aqua window manager to provide window manager functions for the X11 applications, creating an almost seamless integration between the two environments.

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It's not entirely clear what Tenon's done with the root window, or what the implications of the choice will be for all X Window System applications. The root window is an integral part of the X Window System philosophy, and it is a testimonial to both the creativity of the Tenon programmers, and the power of Unix-like abstraction models that XTools works so well without it. There's a good chance that Tenon has done something like implemented its X Window System server so that it displays the root window somewhere else. Somewhere else is likely into an invisible and unused buffer in memory, and Tenon has fooled the applications into thinking that they are working in a normal X11 environment. We know, it's geeky—but we think that the ability to do things like that with Unix applications is pretty cool.



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