How to run X11 apps on the Mac

You can run Unix programs from the comfort of a graphical user interface on your Mac. Brian Jepson explores OS X's X11.

Control the world

Your Mac can already talk to all kinds of electronic devices. But there are plenty of other gizmos that your Mac can’t communicate with: motors, robots, external LCD displays, and sensors of all sorts. You’ll need a microcontroller to connect hobbyist hardware to your Mac. Brian Jepson shows you how it’s done.

Linux on the Mac

By now, you know that you can run Windows on an Intel Mac. But virtualization programs don’t just run Windows: they can also run Linux (or any other Intel-compatible operating system) on your Mac. Here’s how.