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Your Questions About X11 Mac

July 26, 2013

Helen asks…

What is Apple x11 and would it mess up my computer?

I’m wanting to install GIMP, but it requires something called Apple x11. What is it, because I really don’t want to mess up my computer, because I just got it fixed from hard drive failure and I really don’t want to mess it up again. Please explain it in English, because the way Apple explains it doesn’t help me much. Thanks!

P.S. I’m running the latest version of leopard.
I heard about running exe files on mac. is that what apple x11 is for?
Ok, so it basically runs behind the scenes and I don’t really have to do anything, right?

Administrator answers:


About X11 for Mac OS X
“An implementation of the X Window System that makes it possible to run X11-based applications in Mac OS X. Based on the open source XFree86 project — the most common implementation of X11 — X11 for Mac OS X is compatible, fast, and fully integrated with Mac OS X.”

It won’t mess anything up.

Donald asks…

HTML code to see what operating system your running?

i want a html code to see what os your running. so for example, if your go to:

it says ‘download for windows’ if your on windows, ‘download for mac‘ if your on mac, or ‘download for linux’ if your on a linux system.

how do they do that? what’s the html code for it? great help if you answer! thanks

Administrator answers:

var os = navigator.platform;


var OSName=”Unknown OS”;
if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf(“Win”)!=-1) OSName=”Windows”;
if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf(“Mac”)!=-1) OSName=”MacOS”;
if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf(“X11″)!=-1) OSName=”UNIX”;
if (navigator.appVersion.indexOf(“Linux”)!=-1) OSName=”Linux”;

document.write(‘Your OS: ‘+OSName);

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