Ports on Macbook

Garrett Cooper yanefbsd at gmail.com
Sat Feb 28 13:23:22 PST 2009

On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 8:48 PM, Mario Theodoridis <mario at schmut.com> wrote:
> On Friday 27 February 2009 01:34:09 Nataraj S Narayan wrote:
>> Hi
>> 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.
>> 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?
> There are port systems, but i doubt FreeBSD ports will build on OS X
> check out http://www.finkproject.org/
> and http://darwinports.com/
> Also the mac doesn't run X natively and the implementation used to be
> substandard a couple of years ago. (Difficult clipboard support, apps not on
> task bar, multi monitor hand ups...). I assume this has improved, since it's
> been a couple of years since i played with macs.

    fink and darwinports have all but died off now. I highly suggest
using macports because (apart from the tcl based wrapper script), it's
based off of FreeBSD's port system, with some tweaks. They also seem
to keep things more up to date than fink did.

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