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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 rootless XDarwin implementation brings all X11 windows in front when one is clicked);
  • Clicking in a background window will only activate that window (rather than the click being sent through to make something else happen in that window);
  • A list of X11 windows is available from the OS X Dock icon (and the Window menu in

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


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

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Downloads 10,353
Version Downloads 3,205
License Free
Date 06 Jan 2004
Platform OS X / PPC 32
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