Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:28 am Post
Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:17 am Post
AndreasE wrote:I came across a discussion about a open source software for image processing (GIMP) in which there was mentioned as a drawback of it that one has to "install X11 before".
I used indeed always to stay away from software that demands the installation of huge additional whatevers on my computer (who knows what these additional whatevers might do to my installation? a serious danger on PCs!), but this is the first time I came across such a thing in the Mac world. Which may be because I'm rather new here.
So, I'm curious: What is this "X11"? And what are the disadvantages to install it?
Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:21 pm Post
pete340 wrote:AndreasE wrote:So, I'm curious: What is this "X11"? And what are the disadvantages to install it?
It's a UNIX thing: portable underpinnings for GUI applications. Apps that use it won't have the Mac look and feel. It's safe to install: applications that don't use it won't care.
Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:38 pm Post
Wed Jul 23, 2008 1:48 pm Post
MarcustheBlacksmith wrote:Although OS X's windowing environment follows many of the Xerox conventions (as does Windows, for that matter), the OS X window environment (and it's predecessor, the NeXTStep windowing environment) doesn't actually share code with X11.
Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:24 pm Post
Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:09 pm Post
Jaysen wrote:The X in X11 refers to the Xerox Corp developed Star GUI. Xerox developed this to make use of this little innovation they came up with that was call a "mouse". Because the idiots^H^H^H^H^H^H powers in charge at the time had no real foresight they determined that there was no real value in either the "mouse or the developed environment that it requires". So they gave it way in what appears to be one of the FIRST offerings of open source. If you look in the fine print of every modern OS Xerox is mentioned as we STILL hold legal copy write and patent on sections of ALL GUI environments.
Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:54 pm Post
Thu Jul 24, 2008 5:14 pm Post
vic-k wrote:X11 is a TOP SECRET prototype propulsion system for a Cephalopodic Inter-Galactic Battle Cruiser. Based on certain organic gas generation processes.
Do take care
Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:58 pm Post
AndreasE wrote:Hey! I am a former Windows user! Of course I take maximum care whenever I install something - and old habits die hard. I backup everything before, make sure all insurances are paid, wear security gloves, keep a fire extinctor at hand... etc. The Windows Way, you know.
Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:55 am Post
AndreasE wrote: I take maximum care whenever I install something - and old habits die hard. I backup everything before, make sure all insurances are paid, wear security gloves, keep a fire extinctor at hand... etc.
Sat Jul 26, 2008 8:50 am Post
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