AWOL Explained

Relates to OSX and X11

Not been much time to blog recently with all out of hours preoccupied with my newly acquired Apple Ibook. Only a week old, she has far and away exceeded all expectations. Within 48 hours I felt familiar with the OSX interface - considerably more user friendly than its PC counterpart and had filled up half a gigabyte with my favourite songs, plus a few nostalgic memories courtesy of the ITunes store. One frustration was the apparent absence of Apples X11 disk image anywhere on the hard drive or accompanying discs. But this probably was for the best, as I decided rather than downloading the installer from the Apple site to instead go with Fink and the somewhat purer XFree86 variant, XDarwin. So a few sleepless nights and longhaul downloads later, I now have GNOME set up and running smoothly (bar one or two glitches), giving me access to the Gimp, Nautilus (a great file explorer!), Bluefish editor and an Amaya release which actually includes the bookmarks feature to name just a few. Add the ability to run the Xserver rootless (actually using Xnest) I still have access to all those OSX applications - superb! And then there is my free OSX upgrade to Tiger still to come once it has stabilised.

This is just a quick summary really, and if I can find time to drag myself away from the captivating transit of Io in my RXVT shell - courtesy of Xplanet - I will post some extended blogs on my first experiences and the tools that assisted me in getting my Ibook development ready.

Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 16:23:59.

Comments on AWOL Explained (2)

α comment

You should really block this?

Posted by Fixme
Friday, May 06, 2005 at 21:26:22

β comment

Shucks Fixme, That was covered in a previous release! Just discovered I rolled out the wrong version of the parser a few months ago?. Cheers for defacing the site - I thoroughly deserved it for that?. :)))))

Posted by Doh!
Friday, May 06, 2005 at 22:01:24

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