Posts Tagged ‘X11’

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion DOES Ship With X11

And I’ve got the eyes to prove it. There seems to be some concern online that Lion ‘ships’ (can we even say that any more?) without X11. Well, one of the first things I’ve checked out on my retail copy of Lion is X11, which is present as ever.

Open a Terminal window, type ‘xeyes’ at the prompt and you’ll see X11 staring right back at you.

This installed by default on my MacBook Pro, but if you find it missing from your installation you can install it from the ‘Packages’ folder on the Lion install USB key/DMG.

Mac OS X Terminal Alternative – iTerm 2

I was pointed to iTerm a couple of weeks ago by a commenter in response to a post about running Xterm in fullscreen under Mac OS X. The software is still in beta, so I’ve been road testing it to see if it could be a viable alternative to the Mac OS’ or Xterm.

I’m delighted to report that, although it is still in beta, iTerm 2 has proven to be very stable, and has a ton of features which I’m sure any CLI Mac user will be absolutely delighted with – in fact, I’ve made the switch from on all of my Macs. Here’s a quick preview of my three favourite features.


Tutorial Series: Linux Command Line Basics

Last week, I published a seven part series of posts introducing some of the key concepts, commands and techniques of the Linux/Unix command line. Here’s an index of the topics covered to help you find what you’re after.


Full Screen Terminal in Mac OS X

It seems that I’m not the only one who finds the tinsel of an operating system GUI distracting when I’m trying to concentrate on some work. While many Linux distributions allow you to fullscreen a Terminal window, Mac OS X’s does not provide you with such an option. Although I did (briefly) consider rebooting into single-user mode (which starts OS X with a BSD shell), it seemed like a better idea to try and find out if anybody has already had the same thought as I, which led me to a great solution over at

In order to enact this process yourself you’ll need X11 and the Mac OS X Developer tools installed.


Linux Command Line Basics Part VI: X Window System

Knowing basic *nix terminal commands is an absolute must for any computer pro. Whether you use Windows, Mac OS or Linux, you’re bound to face the command prompt at some stage, so here’s my crash course in CLI. In the previous section of this guide we set up an SSH connection so we could operate a machine remotely. Now it’s time to extend this functionality using the X Window System to provide some remote GUI action to augment the remote CLI access we set up previously.

The X Window System

The X windowing system has been around for the best part of three decades and provides facility for displaying graphical content on a remote computer. Whilst a proficient command line user can perform advanced operations using only text input, some things are undeniably easier using a GUI. By using X, a remote user can wield the power of the command line alongside GUI programs, a formidable combo for a productive user.

One of the best parts of X is how simple it is to add this functionality to your remote session. The only change required from the SSH setup introduced in the previous section is the addition of  ‘-X’ to the beginning or end of the arguments. For example, if user ‘randymarsh’ wants to connect to the remote server ‘’ with X, he would enter:

$ ssh -X randymarsh@

Make sure you use a capital X! (more…)