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OroborOSX is an X11 environment designed for use in rootless mode with XDarwin on Mac OS X. The source code is also available.Features include:

  • X11 windows are interleaved with Aqua windows (the usual rootlessXDarwin implementation brings all X11 windowsin front when one is clicked);
  • Clicking in a background window will only activate that window(rather than the click being sentthrough to make something else happen in that window);
  • A list of X11 windows is available from the OS X Dock icon (and theWindow menu in more...

What's New

Version 0.9 adds a much-improved internal version of XDarwin (with hardware 3D OpenGL, faster drawing, faster resizing, etc.); new 'presentation mode' (hides Menubar and Dock); new command-key-shortcut mode (no longer need to have the cursor in the menubar to use keyboard shortcuts); on-the-fly X11 keyboard switching; rules to set the default properties for classes of X11 windows; works with an more...


Mac OSX 10.1 or later, XFree86 4.0.3 or Apple's X11, libfreetype 6.3.

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UmarOMC Member IconComment+0

From developer's site:

"WARNING! - I've found there was a major problem with the (default) USA.xmodmap file in the v0.9 final release. I've fixed it now and updated the download archive - but if you downloaded v0.9 final before 15:00 GMT on 6th Jan. (and you can't fix up your USA.xmodmap yourself - file available here: USA.xmodmap), you should download v0.9 again...
Sorry about that!"

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Version 0.9
Anonymous Member IconReview

By far the best X11 experience on the Mac. I tried XDarwin, and it came with a really lame window manager. This is just a one-click start, and easy to install. Great!

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Version 0.8.5
Anonymous Member IconReview

I am very happy with the "O"
It gets better with each release.

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Version 0.8.5
Imacz_rule1 Member Icon+0

Wow!! A must if you use Mac GIMP! Easy and a lot faster than XDarwni X11 app (even though it uses XDarwin). Makes it look like you are using OS X instead of the mac unfriendly X11 feel!

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Version 0.8p3
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Downloads 10,316
Version Downloads 3,168
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 06 Jan 2004
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free
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