Apologies if this has been reported/discussed before. I did look....
It appears that on a test intel imac system, the X11 8-bit visual is
profoundly broken. If colors are set to 256 in X11 preferences, or
launched explicitly from the command line, an xterm window is
correctly drawn, but the contents of that window are white on white.
The xterm still accepts input, but if applications are launched from
the (invisible) command line, the resulting windows are also blank
This is a deal breaker for us, and I imagine other scientific users
of OS X, as several of our key applications (in electron microscopy
and image processing) are only available under 8-bit visuals.
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