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  1. 0111000001100100

    0111000001100100 Peasant

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    Anybody ever hear of it, use it, know exactly what it is?
     
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    Haite Forum Moderator

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    It's a Window Manager for *nix operating systems. The Window Manager for OS X is called Quartz, and the Window Manager in Windows is just called... Windows. Window Managers are the nifty things that draw the GUI on your screen. Without them you just have either a computer with no interface at all (such as the new Windows OS's and the old Mac OS 9 and earlier), or you have a Command Line Interface, CLI, through a shell, which is the command interpreter. Bash is the shell most commonly used on *nix operating systems, it stands for Basic Shell. When you're in a Window Manager you can open a shell in a window through Terminals. OS X comes with one written by Apple, most *nix operating systems ship with a fair number of them (my personal favorite is Eterm).
     
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    i could have sworn it stood for Bourne Again Shell
     
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    0111000001100100 Peasant

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    okiedokie! thanx for the info.
     
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    Thought the gfx engine was Quartz and the window manager was Aqua.

    FYI Fantom some other window managers are Gnome and KDE for Linux, but I don't believe they work on OS X. But why would you change the window managers? Aqua is one of the best features of X.
     
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    Haite Forum Moderator

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    There's two layers, the display manager and the window manager.

    You were right in correcting my terms, in that Xfree and Quartz are both the Display Manager, which actually handles all the system calls and abstration. The Window Manager, examples being Aqua, KDE, Gnome, Windowmaker (the best manager there is, in my opinion), Blackbox, NeXTSTEP, and others, is layered on top of the display manager and is what determines what things look like, colors, themes, desktop picture, and other asthetic qualities.

    The window manager is tailored to the display manager it runs on though, so no none of the X window managers will work under Quartz.
     
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    Haite Forum Moderator

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    You're right too, http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/bash/bashtop.html geeze I'm being owned in my own element. Should have got more than 6:30 hours' sleep...
     
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    well, you're a bigger man than i for admitting that you're wrong =P
     
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    the majority of people can't admit they are wrong. it's a real problem in this world.
     
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    Haite Forum Moderator

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    Well that is the truth, I had to get up at 8:00 AM and I had played the demo until 1:30.
     
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    True, but they always make up some lame excuse for it (I haven't slept). :p

    My personal favorite is KDE with the highest number of functions enabled (uses up a bit of your processor but ends up looking real nice).
     
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    :p

    gogo freedom of accountability
     
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    well i wasn't actually going to use it...i got a little confused, and thought it was a wine type proggie :confused:.
     
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