[OS X TeX] Should I install X11 ?

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Thu Jun 22 22:28:20 CEST 2006

On Jun 22, 2006, at 17:06, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 22 juin 06 à 16:50, Simon Spiegel a écrit :
>> I don't think that a "normal user" (whatever that may be) has much 
>> use of X11.
> In relation to TeX, it is required by FontForge (for checking and/or 
> modifying fonts) and xpdf (which I installed to check whether PDF 
> files intended for distribution would be readable by Linux users not 
> willing to install acroread). You may also be willing to experiment 
> with xdvi (the standard DVI viewer on Linux), GhostView (the standard 
> PS viewer on Linux), xfig (the standard GUI drawing program on Linux), 
> the Gimp (the standard image manipulation program on Linux), etc.

To be precise: FontForge will run without X11 in batch mode. The UI 
requires X11. And so do some other apps.

> Otherwise, X11 allows running OpenOffice.org (I'm sure you know what 
> that is) and Port Authority (the GUI front end for DarwinPorts). I was 
> about to forget: for scientists and engineers, it's also required by 
> MATLAB and Scilab.

NeoOffice is a Mac-native (no X11) version of OpenOffice.

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