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X11 for Mac OS X from Apple, Unix on your desk

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Apple introduced X11 for Mac OS X, which allows X11-based applications to run side-by-side with native Mac OS X applications on the same desktop and further facilitates the transfer of X11-based applications to Mac.

The Apple implementation of X11, the windowed environment commonly used by UNIX operating systems, easy to install and optimized to take full advantage of Apple's innovative Quartz graphics system and offer 2D and 3D graphics with hardware acceleration for fast scrolling of the dynamic text, drag and drop of windows and incredible 3D animations through OpenGL direct rendering.

'In terms of volume, Apple has become the largest supplier of UNIX-based systems and now, with X11 for Mac OS X, we are further facilitating the transition of UNIX professionals to Mac,' said Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing. for Apple.'Mac OS X is truly gaining momentum in the UNIX user community thanks to its standards-based approach, familiar toolsets and rich foundations for building advanced applications. '

With a full suite of standard X11 elements 'visualization server software, client libraries and developer toolkits' X11 for Mac OS X further simplifies the transfer of Linux and UNIX applications to Mac.

easy to get started with X11 for Mac OS X, with a single download and installation for both the display server and client libraries, and the optional X11 Software Developer Kit for Mac OS X allows developers to create virtually any X11R6 application .6 with a simple recompilation. X11 for Mac OS X perfectly integrated with the Aqua user interface, to allow the perfect success of 'copy and paste' operations between X11 and Mac OS X applications and full access to Aqua controls for zooming in, closing and the contraction in the Dock.

Pricing and Availability The public beta of X11 for Mac OS X available as of now for free download at The final version of X11 for Mac OS X will be made available in 2003.

X11 for Mac OS X requires Mac OS X version 10.2, at least 256MB of memory and designed to run on the following Apple products: eMac ', iMac, iBook, Power Macintosh G3, Power Mac G4 and any PowerBook computer launched on the market after May 1998. "