Tenon Intersystems, which specializes in networking solutions, is shipping Xtools 1.2, an update to their X Window Server for Mac OS X.
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Xtools is a fully integrated X Desktop for Mac OS X that provides integration between an X Window display environment and Mac applications. The X Window System is an open source, industry standard for displaying remote graphical applications. X is highly portable, being both hardware and operating system independent, so users on one computer can work directly with applications on another computer. The X Window System allows enterprise-wide personal computer desktops to connect to mission critical applications and information-based systems on UNIX, Linux, and NT servers.
There are open source alternatives for X11, such as XDarwin and OrborOSX, and Apple offers an X11 beta that may become bundled with Mac OS X in the future. So why use Xtools? Tenon says their product is easier to use (the Xtools user interface received two Apple Design Awards last year), and includes features not yet available in other products.
Version 1.2 of Xtools supports XFree86 4.2.1 and X11R6.6. Improvements have been made to on screen rendering, refresh, and redraw operations, OpenGL and Motif, pseudocolor, visuals, support for antialias fonts, XDM, key mapping, secure shell handling, and support for Mac OS X 10.2 (“Jaguar”), according to the folks at Tenon. There’s also improved compatibility for CDE, KDE, and Gnome desktops, as well as for Fink X11 applications. What’s more, the new Xtools now includes the ability to view Mac applications on the X Window desktop while running in full (dedicated) screen mode.
Xtools 1.2 is a free update for current Xtools customers. Tenon is offering registered customer complimentary licenses for MachTen or XTen, their legacy Mac OS products. Xtools 1.2 is US$99 for academic and government users and $199 otherwise.