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Apple Introduces X11 for Mac OS X

Optimized to Take Full Advantage of Mac OS X’s Quartz & OpenGL Graphics

MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO—January 7, 2003—Apple® today introduced X11 for Mac® OS X that allows X11-based applications to run side-by-side with native Mac OS X applications on the same desktop and makes it even simpler to port X11-based applications to the Mac®. Apple’s implementation of X11, the common windowing environment for UNIX operating systems, is easy to install and is optimized to take full advantage of Apple’s innovative Quartz™ graphics system to deliver hardware-accelerated 2D and 3D graphics for fast text scrolling, dynamic dragging and resizing of windows, and stunning 3D animation through OpenGL Direct Rendering.

“Apple has become the highest volume supplier of UNIX-based systems, and now with X11 for Mac OS X we’re making it even easier for UNIX pros to switch to the Mac,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Mac OS X is really catching on with the UNIX community because of its standards-based approach, familiar tool sets and rich foundation for building modern applications.”

With a complete suite of the standard X11 display server software, client libraries and developer toolkits, X11 for Mac OS X makes it even simpler to port Linux and UNIX applications to the Mac. X11 for Mac OS X is easy to get up and running with a single download and install for both the display server and client libraries, and the optional X11 Software Developer Kit for Mac OS X allows developers to build almost any X11R6.6 application with a simple recompile. X11 for Mac OS X is completely integrated with the Aqua user interface for seamless cut and paste between X11 and Mac OS X applications and full access to Aqua controls for zoom, close and minimization to the Dock.

Pricing & Availability
The public beta of X11 for Mac OS X is available immediately as a free download at www.apple.com/macosx/x11. The final version of X11 for Mac OS X will be made available later in 2003.

X11 for Mac OS X requires Mac OS X version 10.2 “Jaguar,” a minimum of 256MB of memory and is designed to run on the following Apple products: eMac™, iMac®, iBook®, Power Macintosh® G3, Power Mac® G4 and any PowerBook® introduced after May 1998.

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