Aqua X Window Desktop For Mac OS X Available

Tenon Intersystems has announced a public beta of the new Xtools, a fully integrated X Desktop for Mac OS X. Tenonis X Window Server will provide seamless integration between an X Window display environment and Macintosh applications. According to Tenon:

Tenonis new X Window Server is an easy-to-use, flexible Mac OS X application that integrates the best elements of Appleis Aqua desktop with state-of-the-art X Window tools to provide a powerful extension to Appleis new OS.

Tenonis Xtools not only allows remote X Window applications to be displayed on the Mac OS X desktop, but also includes complete set of X Window tools and libraries to support local execution of X applications and X games on OS X. Extending Mac OS X with an X Window porting environment will enable high-resolution 3D-modeling & animation, graphical visualization and image rendering applications to be built directly on Mac OS X.

The X Window System allows enterprise-wide personal computer desktops to connect to mission critical applications and information-based systems on UNIX, Linux, and NT servers. Having an X Window Server on Appleis new Mac OS X Aqua desktop will extend the reach and strength of Mac OS X. Appleis OS X will not only be the most appealing desktop, but by virtue of the strength of OS X itself and the power of the G4 platforms, with X Window support the new Macs can be the desktop of choice for all enterprise applications, be they local or remote.

Tenonis new X product, based on the latest X11R6.4 X Window release, will include a suite of pre-compiled X client applications. The Xtools public beta supports rootless display of X Windows with an Aqua X Window Manager. In addition to the Aqua X desktop, the final product will include a full-screen mode, where X Window applications are displayed on a ivirtual screeni. Full icopy and pastei is available between native Macintosh applications and the X Window Server. The new X will support OpenGL, a full range of X Extensions, use of a three-button mouse, CDE (Common Desktop Environment) fonts, and will be XDM (X Window Display Management) capable.

XTools is available at a discount rate of US$199. The final product is expected to ship when Mac OS X ships in early 2001. You can find more information at the Tenon web site.