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What type of windowing system does Mac OS X use? Is it a modified X window system? Or something totally different?

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OS X uses Quartz Compositor

along with the Aqua theme.

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Really? I thought that that was the name they gave the 'look and feel' of it. Is this not the case? –  Wuffers Oct 10 '10 at 0:55
    
Oh, ok. Thanks for the clarification. –  Wuffers Oct 10 '10 at 0:55
    
@Mr. Man: Aqua is the theme (or look and feel) while Quartz Composer is the windowing system. I initially just had Aqua, which was incorrect. –  Josh K Oct 10 '10 at 2:57
    
Yep. I noticed that. Thank you! –  Wuffers Oct 10 '10 at 3:07
    
'Compositor' :) –  Casual Coder Oct 10 '10 at 4:21
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