Macintosh Technical Stuff

Open Firmware TutorialMost people come here via a search engine and looking for "open+firmware+tutorial". The ever more outdated Open Firmware Tutorial can be found here. I will eventually update this and probably include information about newer machines too. But until then, this is it.

Intel Inside logo
A few considerations regarding Mac OS X for Intel processors can be found on my Apple-Intel homepage.

Apple X11 logo
And this is a handy tool for controlling XFree86 on Mac OS X that I wrote because I needed it myself.

  • The script (testx) for Mac OS X 10.2
  • The GUI for the script (TestXPane) for Mac OS X 10.2
  • The source code for the GUI (TestXPane sources)
  • The very outdated documentation or user manual (html/pdf)
  • Note that you DO NOT NEED TestXPane on Mac OS X 10.3 ("Panther"). Nor should you even attempt to use it.

  • testx script for Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4, supports Apple X11 only (new version 3.0 uploaded May 2005)

  • I have also a simplified UNIX family tree. Enjoy!


    Screenshots of Mac OS X running Gnome and KDE. (Link opens in new window.)

    And this is an outdated how-to about Mac OS X configuration (Sendmail etc.) and a new version for Panther.

    (c) 2003 Andrew J. Brehm