“As noticed by several users running the developer preview version of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple is no longer including its X11 application for running software through the X Window System interface. […] The X Window System has an extensive open source history, with development on the Mac side being handled under the XQuartz project. Apple’s X11 application has been based on this effort, although as with many open source projects bundled for use in commercial software, X11 has generally been somewhat behind the latest XQuartz releases. The current version of X11 is 2.6.3, while XQuartz is currently available in version 2.7.0.” Makes perfect sense. I mean, you guys were using XQuartz already anyway, right?
Apple drops X11 from OS X 10.8, urges users to use XQuartz
Submitted by Elv13 2012-02-19 macOS 13 Comments
My impression is that there are enough opinion formers out there who need Unix GUI access. Such that X11 in one form or another will be around.
The increased use of virtual machines has reduced the need considerably but it is still there.
The Leopard implementation feels like an alien on my desktop – perhaps the replacement will improvement.
That’s a shame, because at the moment Gimp requires X11 for it’s graphic layer.
Slowly slowly, the windows are shutting.