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Information for Chess players, Chess programmers and Apple users
|Updated on : 04/01/2022
Q & A
Classic is the environment Apple provides for users so they can still run applications that were not rewritten when Apple released their Mac OS X environment. A user with a fast machine can configure classic in such a way that it automatically starts whenever the machine starts. Launching a classic application after this will go very fast as the environment is already loaded. (Top)
The operating systems before OS X were based on a non-multi threading kernel and were very proprietary to Apple. While some think it was better, others think that it was worse, it is no longer developed by Apple. OS X provides compatibility with the former systems by means of the Carbon libraries and the classic environments. Alternatively, a user can install a dual-boot system very easily. Just point to the start up folder from the system preferences and restart. (Top)
X11 is an environment that allows to run applications that are written for the XWindow environment to be run on Mac OS X. It was available as a beta download for Mac OS X 10.1. As a separate download for Mac OS X 10.2 and is now included although not installed by default on Mac OS X 10.3 (Jaguar). If you have an older version of the OS, you will have to download it, if you have a recent version you have to run the install from the CD and select the X11 system to be installed. (Top)
Buy an Apple Mac. You will be able to use this site to its full extend. (Top)
Please have a look at the other solutions listed on this site. You will be able to run in a browser and play chess anyway.
In the near future, I will add some information about PC chess as well. There are plenty of sites that handle this subject. I can strongly advise you however to start by WinBoard (listed in the downloads page) because it is free and will give you hundreds of alternatives.
Alternatively if you make a trip to the US, at current exchange rates you will pay about 700 € less for the same Mac. Please have a look at cheap airfares. (Apple, please take the hint.) (Top)
If you are forced to use a PC because your boss insists on it, you should consider changing jobs. PCs are far more expensive than Macs in their daily use and thus all this extra money does not go to you but goes to the PC industry. (Good for people like me who live from the PC industry but bad for you). If you do need to use a PC because you think that you cannot do the job with a Mac, you are wrong! There is a Mac solution for almost any problem.
Still not convinced, send me a mail with your question, I will try to help you. You can do so by clicking the link at the bottom. (Top)
No. I did however include a more recent version than the version available from the original site for download. (Top)
It plays bad, it is not finished and is not yet available. It will be available for free in the near future. As soon as it is in a sufficient stable state, it will be published on this site. The beta-versions will be test-driven on freechess.org (Top)
I wish I would make money out of this instead of paying about 600 EUR/year in order to share you this information. Donations are welcome. (Top)
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I am a chess player and programmer. My first chess program written in assembler 15 years ago had a rating of about 1400 Elo. I currently have a rating of 1950 Elo (USCF equivalent 2150). This is 150 points below the maximum rating I once had. You can meet me on GameKnot.com, on Freechess.org (FICS) or in the Belgian national competition. I do not play other tournaments any more. (Top)
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