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Community supported update to X11.

5
Derekcurrie
21 February 2012
Version: 2.7.14

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This IS X11. This is where Apple contributes to and sources what they provide with Mac OS X as X11. The XQuartz project is typically well ahead of what Apple provide. This is GEEKWARE. It requires knowledge of using the CLI found in the Terminal app for full capability. If you don't know what X11 is, if you don't know what MacPorts are or what Fink/Porticus/PortAuthority/Pallet are, then don't download XQuartz. Don't install it. Don't write a one star review out of ignorance. Learn about X11 and XQuartz first. I use X11 apps and features frequently. I love this stuff. But I am a geek and I have taken the time to learn how to use this. I also have unfathomably patience setting up this geek level stuff. It takes unfathomable patience to use X11 because it is designed by geeks for geeks, not for average or even intermediate users. It is in fact a big, frustrating PITA to use X11 successfully! But the rewards are a lot of fun. ALSO NOTE: Apple are no longer going to provide X11 with Mac OS X! It come with the Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion installer. INSTEAD Apple are going to direct Mac users to download exactly what we have here: XQuartz, the source project for X11. So if you like X11, download the latest stable XQuartz and get to work with it! BUT! Be sure to read ALL the documentation at the source website BEFORE you download or install new versions. Because this is geekware, IT HAS BUGS. Some bugs may mean that it won't install on or work with your version of Mac OS X. Please do your homework so you're ready for the XQuartz's challenges.
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5
DragonMaster
24 February 2018
Version: 2.7.11
If you need Quartz for anything this version is free and powerful!
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RogerKatz
06 November 2015
Version: 2.7.6
The current version is 2.7.8
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GeogProf
19 October 2012
Version: 2.7.4
Could a macUpdate staff member please update the XQuartz short description? It still says “Community supported update to X11 in Leopard,” but if I’m not mistaken (and it’s entirely possible that I am), the last version of XQuartz that ran on Leopard was 2.6.3, and the current version (2.7.4) runs only on Snow Leo, Lion and Mountain Lion. Thanks.
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4.5
MichaelHaeusler
02 June 2012
Version: 2.7.2
XQuartz has already saved my ass once.
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5
Derekcurrie
21 February 2012
Version: 2.7.14
This IS X11. This is where Apple contributes to and sources what they provide with Mac OS X as X11. The XQuartz project is typically well ahead of what Apple provide. This is GEEKWARE. It requires knowledge of using the CLI found in the Terminal app for full capability. If you don't know what X11 is, if you don't know what MacPorts are or what Fink/Porticus/PortAuthority/Pallet are, then don't download XQuartz. Don't install it. Don't write a one star review out of ignorance. Learn about X11 and XQuartz first. I use X11 apps and features frequently. I love this stuff. But I am a geek and I have taken the time to learn how to use this. I also have unfathomably patience setting up this geek level stuff. It takes unfathomable patience to use X11 because it is designed by geeks for geeks, not for average or even intermediate users. It is in fact a big, frustrating PITA to use X11 successfully! But the rewards are a lot of fun. ALSO NOTE: Apple are no longer going to provide X11 with Mac OS X! It come with the Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion installer. INSTEAD Apple are going to direct Mac users to download exactly what we have here: XQuartz, the source project for X11. So if you like X11, download the latest stable XQuartz and get to work with it! BUT! Be sure to read ALL the documentation at the source website BEFORE you download or install new versions. Because this is geekware, IT HAS BUGS. Some bugs may mean that it won't install on or work with your version of Mac OS X. Please do your homework so you're ready for the XQuartz's challenges.
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anonymous-tapir-4703
05 November 2011
Version: 2.70
The application version is 2.7.0 - not 2.70 as indicated in the title (after update MacUpdate keeps complaining).
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SickTeddyBear
21 July 2011
Version: 2.6.3
FYI, they rolled out one last version for Leopard: http://xquartz.macosforge.org/downloads/Leopard/X11-2.6.3.dmg From the developer: http://lists.macosforge.org/pipermail/xquartz-dev/2011-July/003389.html "XQuartz 2.6.3 is a stability and security release of the 2.6 series. It pulls in various bug fixes found over the past few months including some annoying crashers with RandR, quartz-wm window placement issues, and better support for AFP home directories. In addition, this release includes fixes for the libpng vulnerabilities announced earlier this month. "Due to the nature of these changes, I decided to roll one last release of XQuartz for Leopard. This should be the last release to support Leopard. I previously said 2.6.1 would be the last Leopard release, but this time I mean it ;)"
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0.5
Nukefixer
25 December 2010
Version: 2.6.0
Unfortunately I downloaded this and installed it by mistake and do not want it on my computer. I am a 3 month old MacBook Pro user with snow leopard OS, how exactly do I uninstall this so I can revert back to problem free Mac OS updates as this indicates from now on I will have some conflicts? I would appreciate anyones detailed help. When I go into terminal as its suggested on the developers page and use whats mentioned, the sudo command, I am asked for a password prior to it running, I never installed a password on my computer when initially setting it up? Also is it possible to somehow disable this and use the Apple version from now on? And I'm giving this low marks only because it will not allow me to submit these remarks unless I fill out the stars! Thank you, regards, Gary
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SickTeddyBear
20 December 2010
Version: 2.6.0
Note to Leopard users from the developer: "If you're a Leopard user, I'm sorry, but your update has been delayed (probably until January). I lost my connection to my Leopard box while creating the package and won't have access to it for a couple weeks. 2.6.0_rc1 should serve you well until then." http://lists.macosforge.org/pipermail/xquartz-dev/2010-December/003062.html Info on RC1 for Leopard, if you can't wait 2 weeks: http://lists.macosforge.org/pipermail/xquartz-dev/2010-December/003053.html
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Evilskull
11 July 2010
Version: 2.5.1
Release notes for 2.5.1 here: http://xquartz.macosforge.org/trac/wiki/X112.5.1
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Zx81
23 May 2010
Version: 2.5.0
Official release or not, it just works and I'm just another happy Gimp user!
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Manfred-Bergmann
27 March 2010
Version: 2.5 rc2
There is no trace of this release on the web page. Where does this come from?
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Mark-Everitt
30 October 2009
Version: 2.4.1a3
2.4.1a3 is an alpha release, with no obvious links on the XQuartz website. I would strongly advise against installing this, and I would also like to know how it was found (I can't find it).
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Bbos
17 October 2009
Version: 2.4
Hi guys, I'm having a similar problem to that reported by RODJEN. {code} 17/10/09 1:48:31 PM defaults[27340] The domain/default pair of (org.x.X11, dpi) does not exist 17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] xauth: creating new authority file /Users/bsmith/.serverauth.27313 17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] xauth: (stdin):2: unknown command "f60c7923c75ea2b00b5b1141d27a1f69" 17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] xauth: (stdin):3: unknown command "f60c7923c75ea2b00b5b1141d27a1f69" 17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] Xquartz: X11.app = /Applications/Utilities/X11_crashing.app/Contents/MacOS/X11 17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] Xquartz: Starting X server: /Applications/Utilities/X11_crashing.app/Contents/MacOS/X11 --listenonly 17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] dyld: Library not loaded: /Appli 17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] cations/Utilities/X11.app/Contents/Frameworks/Sparkle.framework/Versions/A/Sparkle 17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] Referenced from: /Applications/Utilities/X11_crashing.app/Contents/MacOS/X11.bin 17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.startx[27313] Reason: image not found 17/10/09 1:48:31 PM org.x.privileged_startx[5656] font_cache: Updating FC cache 17/10/09 1:48:33 PM org.x.startx[27313] font_cache: Done 17/10/09 1:48:33 PM org.x.startx[27313] waiting for X server to begin accepting connections 17/10/09 1:48:33 PM org.x.startx[27313] waiting for X server to begin accepting connections 17/10/09 1:48:33 PM org.x.privileged_startx[5656] font_cache: Done {code} I found Sparkle 1.5b6 http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20366/sparkle Should it be ok just to install this? Will it help and not break anything else. I don't have any unusual installs afaik. Thanks, Brooke
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Rodjen
15 August 2009
Version: 2.4
I downloaded XQuartz 2.4. I originally put a copy of X11 in my Applications folder in my home folder. I used the previous version for GIMP with no problem. This version keeps crashing and trying to reload. This is the Apple report: Process: X11.bin [1487] Path: /Users/jenness47372/Applications/Terminal/X11.app/Contents/MacOS/X11.bin Identifier: X11.bin Version: ??? (???) Code Type: X86 (Native) Parent Process: X [1486] Interval Since Last Report: 55820 sec Crashes Since Last Report: 12 Per-App Interval Since Last Report: 0 sec Per-App Crashes Since Last Report: 11 Date/Time: 2009-08-15 11:06:24.035 -0400 OS Version: Mac OS X 10.5.8 (9L30) Report Version: 6 Anonymous UUID: 3E485B87-A5BA-4471-9D15-9D57BA5D6259 Exception Type: EXC_BREAKPOINT (SIGTRAP) Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000002, 0x0000000000000000 Crashed Thread: 0 Dyld Error Message: Library not loaded: /Applications/Utilities/X11.app/Contents/Frameworks/Sparkle.framework/Versions/A/Sparkle Referenced from: /Users/jenness47372/Applications/Terminal/X11.app/Contents/MacOS/X11.bin Reason: image not found
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Che-powerbook
24 April 2009
Version: 2.3.3
OSX 10.5.7 ? seems like we run back from future
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ivanovitch
24 April 2009
Version: 2.3.3
Looking forward to seeing Mac OS v10.7. Good to see that you guys are way ahead of things.
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Pissnaround
24 April 2009
Version: 2.3.3
hmmm, 10.5.7 required. did I miss something?
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Mr.Ash
11 January 2009
Version: 2.3.2.1
Since installing the new version 2.3.2.1 GIMP won't work correctly anymore. After starting X11 the screen turns black/white and als fonts in the windows and menu bars are too big. I don't even see the OSX menubar anymore, so the only solution to is to force quit X11 so i can return to the desktop. This release is very buggy!
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Chrischram
03 May 2008
Version: 2.2.1
WARNING: Be sure to have a good system backup before installing version 2.2.1. YMMV, but it rendered my Early 2006 iMac unbootable. Thank the gods for Time Machine!
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Bigdave56
16 April 2008
Version: 2.2.0.1
I give this release 5 stars for the simple reason that it finally ended the nightmare that has been X11 since Leopard. That started out with X11 apps (main ones I have used are GIMP, Gimpshop, and more recently Inkscape) launching and turning up in the Dock but never opening a window. About four months later, things had progressed to the point where I could open the GIMP. actually get a window up, and apply between 3 and 8 clone stamp edits before GIMP crashed. Inkscape continued to not even bring up a window. It launches now but stability not tested yet. And it isn't even represented as Leopard compatible. GIMP tested OK and may actually be usable now. Thanks to the XQuartz community for making X11 useful again.
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5
Freebsd
25 December 2007
Version: 2.1.1
I've been following this community supported project since the shipping version of Leopard's X11 and Xquartz were hopelessly broken (officially as of 10.5.1). The support has included a number of key members of the Free Desktop project as well as others in the community who have managed to make an incredibly easy to use installation that is for the most part reasonably stable. The codebase has changed from the XFree86 implementation to X.org, which is a significant change and possibly the key reason for the X11 growing pains. However this release supports most basic functions of X11, stuff we normally take for granted but was broken, including suitable UI behavior, alt+tabbing, and proper OS X window management. Their package release is so great because it updates a number of supporting files and binaries that most users don't ever see. Despite having a few funny bugs remaining, it's completely recommended for all users of Leopard who need or may need X11. A sincere thanks to the developers who continue to work on this project!
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Dogbert1
25 December 2007
Version: 2.1.1
If you use Linotype FontExplorer, do not install this software. It breaks FontExplorer and there is no way that I can see to revert to the old X11 as there is no uninstaller. I have tried installing the older X11 from the install disk and X11 no longer works. I had to reinstall the XQuartz and disable FontExplorer.
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5
Mark-Everitt
24 December 2007
Version: 2.1.1
Excellent. A must have if you use fink or ssh with X-tunneling. It gets rid of that annoying yellow cursor thing and a bunch of other gripes.
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