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XQuartz X11 for Mac

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "won't let me work with it"

    May 17, 2012  |   By melissaIvory

    Version: XQuartz X11 2.7.1

    Pros

    easy install

    Cons

    for experienced users

    Summary

    i got this to go with GIMP, because for some reason the X11 that i thought was working, which has been there since i got my mac, wasn't working any longer for no reason. instead of complaining, i took the effort to find something and stumbled upon this, but at startup, i couldn't understand a thing. started GIMP, nothing happened. i would love if someone can tell me how to get GIMP to work with this, but at this moment, i'm not going to uninstall until i know for certain that it's not worth having.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Seamless, and it works."

    January 22, 2011  |   By jcohn

    Version: XQuartz X11 2.6.0

    Pros

    Plugs right in.

    Cons

    Apple overwrites it.

    Summary

    Wouldn't be without it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Only for geeks!"

    December 20, 2010  |   By walki_talki_com

    Version: XQuartz X11 2.6.0

    Pros

    Fewer bugs and more features than the standard X11 server that ships with OS X. If you compile Unix software via fink or macports, you want to install this.

    Cons

    It is installed as a separate program, instead of overwriting the X11 version that ships with OS X.

    Summary

    This program is only for geeks who like to compile Unix software from source on their computer. Fink and Macports are the easiest avenues of doing this. This software is not for the average user.

    I don't understand the 1-star ratings. XQuartz is always less buggy than Apple's official X11 releases.

    It bears mentioning that XQuartz _IS_ the official Apple X11 windowing server. It's just that Apple integrates updates to X11 very rarely in its OS X updates and releases. So, if you use any software that uses the xwindows system, or if you compile software that build depend on xwindows components, then you need to install XQuartz.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Only for people who know what they're doing."

    November 8, 2010  |   By BosoxMan

    Version: XQuartz X11 2.5.3

    Pros

    It does what it's supposed to do.

    Cons

    Confusing for newbies and non-programmers. Disabling or uninstalling it are non-trivial exercises; see http://xquartz.macosforge.org/trac/wiki/X11-UsersFAQ

    Summary

    If you don't know whether or not you need it, you don't need it. Most of the one-star reviews are from people who "gotta have" the latest and greatest of everything, don't know what they're doing, and come here to vent their frustration. If you've got Compulsive Update Syndrome, relax: Apple will eventually incorporate the changes into future OS updates, so you don't have to worry about being "left behind".

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  • 4.0 stars

    "You can 'Hide' its alert in CNet TechTracker updater"

    November 1, 2010  |   By corrp

    Version: XQuartz X11 2.5.3

    Pros

    If you understand the difference between Terminal and an xterm, XQuartz is closer to the open source development versions of xorg-server, the environment for X windows, a Unix thing. I needed it for an X11 program (Wireshark) and it works well.

    Cons

    Today (2010-11-01) I see that CNet TechTracker says the current version 2.5.3 needs updating when it doesn't.

    Summary

    Since it continues to show up in CTT update alerts, you can 'Hide' or 'Skip' (until next update) and it won't bother you. I mention this because there are so many one-star reviews. You might have installed it for a program that needs X11 and therefore it shows up in the update alerts. For folks that need it, it is great. Most MacOS X users do not.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Solves keyboard issue wirh SGD"

    September 26, 2010  |   By Noznavde

    Version: XQuartz X11 2.5.3

    Pros

    The standard X11.app shows a big problem with Sun Global Desktop: no keyboard hit gets through.
    This XQuartz version solves that rather serious issue - it makes Sun's virtual desktop solution actually usable on a Mac.

    Cons

    I'm on Leopard, which means XQuartz must be re-installed after a system/securiy update. One star subtracted for that.

    Summary

    No problems after a full 5 minutes of use ;)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "What does it do? Make it go away!"

    September 4, 2010  |   By k1d3q9n0

    Version: XQuartz X11 2.5.3

    Pros

    Has a nice icon...

    Cons

    Doesn't OS X already have X windows? What's the point of this thing? Why doesn't it go away when I delete it?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Can't uninstall it :("

    August 21, 2010  |   By gofigure--2008

    Version: XQuartz X11 2.5.3

    Pros

    Not one thing at all, except the advertising promises, but they don';t pan out.

    Cons

    It does not work at all, despite the recommedations form TechTracker, Version Tracker, and/or other sources. The system owns it, even tho i've changed the permissions/privs, so that i could trash it, it's blocked me from being able to do so.

    Summary

    Think twice before installing it please. Read what you can find so you understand what it will/won't do. i'm stuck with it being owned by the 'system' ~ i can't launch it, can't delete it. Hope others aren't as disillusioned as i. Guess i've always trusted being able to do 'trials' or use demos to help me decide if an app is my cuppa tea or not. Made a mistake here.... that's for sure.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "not compatible with snow leopard :-("

    March 1, 2010  |   By markus.witschi_dotmac

    Version: XQuartz X11 2.4.0

    Pros

    none none none

    Cons

    not compatible with snow leopard :-(

    Summary

    as of many of cnet alerts, also this software is not installable on my system... :-(

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not install on Mac OS 10.6.2"

    February 21, 2010  |   By hkarlin

    Version: XQuartz X11 2.4.0

    Pros

    It does not install

    Cons

    It does not install

    Summary

    Please update so that it will install on Snow Leopard

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