By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2005-01-26 Print this article Print

: Linux Applications on Mac OS X! Woohoo!"> Yes, it is quite possible to run Linux apps on Mac OS X (remember that its Unix under the pretty GUI) via X11. Why would you want to do this? Simple. There are a lot of terrific open-source Linux apps out there, and there arent necessarily OS X native versions of them available. Or you may be a developer. Either way, with X11 you have a lot of options. I recommend reading Apples technology briefing for Unix users. Theres some very interesting stuff in there. I deliberately tried to force myself not to bother with X11. I considered it cheating. I wanted to learn my way around native OS X applications without falling back on my old Linux favorites. However, I failed. I gave in to temptation and installed Gimp on my Power Mac! Naughty, naughty! But I remain unrepentant. Gimp comes in handy when I do graphics stuff, so I make no apologies for using it. Its a damn fine application. Loyd: Once a Linux geek, always a Linux geek…
But for the most part, Im trying very hard to stay away from Linux apps until after Ive fully explored whats out for OS X. Continued...

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site: www.jimlynch.com/profile.htm.

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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