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    Impact of Apple X11 on Mac?
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    Impact of Apple X11 on Mac?
    I am a recent switcher from the World of Windows and Linux to Mac. There a few of my old Linux open source programs that I would like to use here on my Mac, and I see via Fink or Darwinports that they are available. Most of them of course require X11. Apple provides X11 with Tiger, but before I install, I wondered how this works. Since there is already a full and very nice graphical subsytem in the Mac, when you add X11, what happens? Does it replace the Mac one? Do they co-exist? Does X11's presence slow down or in any way interfere with the Mac? I LOVE the speed and smoothness of this machine - I don't want to mess it up.

    Does anyone have any experience running Apple's X11 on their Mac?
    My Macs: iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5 GHz, G4 Cube with 1.2 GHz Upgrade
    My iStuff: 64GB iPhone 5, 64GB iPad4, 30GB iPod Video, 16GB iPod Touch
    My OS': Mac OS X Lion, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Tiger, Mac OS 9.2.2, openSUSE 10.3
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    Impact of Apple X11 on Mac?
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    X11 co-exists with aqua. You can switch between the two using command-option-A if in full screen mode or use the aqua GUI in X11. It doesn't slow anything down. I use it in full screen mode using the WindowMaker window manager. There are a lot of great X11 apps out there from Fink And DarwinPorts.
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    I find Apple's X11 environment works fab. I use it for FontForge and rdesktop mostly and it works great!

    Vicky

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    Impact of Apple X11 on Mac?
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    Thanks folks, I'll give it a whirl!
    My Macs: iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5 GHz, G4 Cube with 1.2 GHz Upgrade
    My iStuff: 64GB iPhone 5, 64GB iPad4, 30GB iPod Video, 16GB iPod Touch
    My OS': Mac OS X Lion, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Tiger, Mac OS 9.2.2, openSUSE 10.3
    I was on the Mac-Forums honor roll for September 2007

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