MI/X and SeqLAb under Mac OS8 and my PowerMac

Tim Cutts tjrc1 at mole.bio.cam.ac.uk
Fri Aug 29 02:37:34 EST 1997

In article <foisys.872813521 at cyclone.ERE.UMontreal.CA>,
Foisy Sylvain <foisys at ERE.UMontreal.CA> wrote:
>Hi there,
>I want to use the MI/X server on my Mac under MacOS8 for using the SeqLab 
>module of GCG.  Each time I tried, I telnetted to my machine, started SeqLab 
>after redirecting the display to my display's adress and switch to MI/X open 
>in the background. MI/X would then quit without explanation, my server telling
>me that my X server connection was broken.  I don't think that MI/X is totally
>to blame since xclock and xterm are working.
>I know that I sould use something more powerful (like MacX 1.5 or eXodus) 
>but free software is hard to beat...  I'm also new to the world of X.
>Any clue...

I have had all manner of problems with MI/X.  It only worked at all on
two out of three Macs I tried it on, and on one of those it did work
on, SeqLab caused the problem you describe.  Eventually I abandoned
it.  It may be free, but if you can't use it, that doesn't help much.
The Windows version of MI/X seems much better (but then there are some
extremely inexpensive X servers for Windows which are streets ahead of
MI/X; XWin32 for example, which is very cheap, especially compared to
the more dominant products like eXceed.  Plus of course, the PC has
Linux, which gives you a 'real' UNIX X server for free.  I don't know
whether the port of Linux to the Mac ever got as far as supporting X.

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