If you haven’t heard already OS X 10.8 (AKA Mountain Lion – ML) was released this week. For an in depth review I recommend John Siracusa’s review. One of the things that struck me, as I’ve been reading on the new features of ML, was that X11 is no longer included in OS X.
I wondered if there would be issues with Matlab because I’m looking forward to upgrading as soon as I know major bugs have been fixed. From John Siracusa’s review we can expect even (2n) versions of OS X to be stable and the odd versions, not so much. With yearly releases of OS X this might urge one to skip the odd versions. We’ll have to wait and see. To the Matlab issue, I went to the mathworks web page and in the support section they clearly state that they cannot guarantee compatibility, but they do state that the 2012a and earlier versions are “known to generally work”. They also provide instructions on installing X11 on ML, which is now available from the XQuartz project.