XQuartz for Mac

XQuartz for Mac

Average User Rating:
1.5
out of 45 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.5.3
  • Total Downloads:
    73,551
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 13, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    65.07MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    158
  • Platform:
    Mac
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4 stars

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

November 08, 2010  |  By BosoxMan

 |  Version: XQuartz 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 stars

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

November 01, 2010  |  By corrp

 |  Version: XQuartz 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 stars

"Solves keyboard issue wirh SGD"

September 26, 2010  |  By Noznavde

 |  Version: XQuartz 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 stars

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

September 04, 2010  |  By k1d3q9n0

 |  Version: XQuartz 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 stars

"Can't uninstall it :("

August 21, 2010  |  By gofigure--2008

 |  Version: XQuartz 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.5.3
See http://xquartz.macosforge.org/trac/wiki/X112.5.3.
General
Publisher XQuartz
Publisher web site http://xquartz.macosforge.org/trac/wiki
Release Date August 13, 2010
Date Added August 13, 2010
Version 2.5.3
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 65.07MB
File Name XQuartz-2.7.7.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 73,551
Downloads Last Week 158
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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