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X11 Dependencies for GIMP and OOo on Mac OS X

Posted on 2006-07-13
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We need to install both GIMP and OOo which each require X11. Most of our machines worked nicely, but 3 have problems.

User 1 -  Mac Version is 10.2.8 When attempting to install Mac OS X-X11, a message of "a 10.3 version is needed" appears. Am I using the wrong version of X11 or is not at all available for 10.2.8?

User 2 -  Mac Version is 10.4.7 When attempting to install Mac OS X-X11, a message of "an existing X11 version" would appear. But when installing GIMP or OOo it says that X11 is required.

User 3 - Mac Version is 10.4.6 When attempting to install Mac OS X-X11, a message of "an existing X11 version" would appear. But when installing GIMP or OOo it says that X11 is required.
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by:slyong
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Hi,

Apple does not provide its own X11 installation for Mac OS X 10.2.8; it is included with (and available for) Mac OS X 10.3.x and newer only. For a variety of reasons, I **strongly** recommend upgrading to Mac OS X 10.3.x (or, at this point, Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" when it becomes available) unless you have some compelling reason to remain on 10.2.8.

However, if you want to keep 10.2.8 and run X, try either one:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xonx/
http://oroborosx.sourceforge.net/

For 10.4.6 and 10.4.7, check in your Application->Utilities and see if X11.app is there.  If it is, run it, then install GIMP or OOo
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by:smetterd
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How much does it cost to go from 10.2.8 to 10.3.x?

And what about the 10.4.x machines I have which seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place?
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For 10.4.6 and 10.4.7, check in your Application->Utilities and see if X11.app is there.  If it is, run it, then install GIMP or OOo.

You can't get 10.3.x anymore, 10.4 is $129 per license.  Another option is to get them from ebay.  10.3 are selling for about $50 a piece (make sure you get the full retail version) http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&from=R10&catref=C6&satitle=os+x+10.3+full&sacat=-1%26catref%3DC6&bs=Search&fsop=1%26fsoo%3D1&coaction=compare&copagenum=1&coentrypage=search&fgtp=&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&sadis=200&fpos=ZIP%2FPostal&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=
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