Ports on Macbook

Elliot Schlegelmilch elliot+list at schlegelmilch.org
Fri Feb 27 11:01:09 PST 2009

On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 03:04:09PM +0530, Nataraj S Narayan wrote:
> I hear that Mac OS X and later ones are based on FreeBSD. My wife is
> planning to get a Macbook , which I don't quite approve. Mainly
> because we need to pay for any upgrade or new add ons.

Don't you need to pay for upgrades or add ons for any system, Apple or
otherwise? Do you mean "pay for software"? 
> But i see there is the 'ports' for Mac as in the case of FreeBSD. Is
> it the same thing? Can we use FreeBSD ports on Macbook? That we I am
> spared of paying profusely?

Define profusely.

So am I to understand that you don't want to buy your wife software
for her computer? There are plenty of free alternatives, depending on
her needs, which you've omitted. Firefox, Safari, Opera are all
free. OpenOffice should work in Mac OS X. Perhaps you should look at
apple.com/downloads/ and see what's in your price range.

Does she already have legal copies of Windows software?  There are at
least two choices of emmulators.

Alternately, you may be searching for something like:
finkproject.org or

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