Intel Macs and FreeBSD?

Bill Moran wmoran at
Thu Apr 27 21:22:45 UTC 2006

On Thu, 27 Apr 2006 15:08:37 -0600
"Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC" <chad at> wrote:

> On Apr 27, 2006, at 2:52 PM, Bill Moran wrote:
> > On Thu, 27 Apr 2006 15:47:37 -0500
> > James Riendeau <jtriende at> wrote:
> >
> >> Why?  Mac OS X has a complete unix freebsd-like core called darwin
> >> ( ).  There's no reason to install freebsd on
> >> it.  Just install Mac Developer Tools (included in the Applications
> >> folder), compile your favorite progs and go.
> >
> > Have you actually tried this?  Installing ports from FreeBSD is about
> > 50x easier than getting software compiled/installed on a Mac.  I've
> > been working with the Macs here at the office for a few weeks, and  
> > I've
> > come to realize just how wonderfully well-maintained FreeBSD's ports
> > are!
> >
> > I'd take FreeBSD over MacOS any day.  Perhaps it will get better over
> > time, but I'm not impressed with it right now.
> Depends what you are trying to do but there are two "ports" systems  
> for Mac OS X which make it about (they say) as easy as the FreeBSD  
> ports system.   One is called "fink" and the other something like  
> "darwin-ports".  Also, many popular packages now exist in precompiled  
> app form or with installer packages.

I haven't tried Fink, but that's because a number of people warned me
to avoid it.  That could have been bad info, though.

darwin-ports didn't work for me at all.  I could get it to do nothing
once installed.  The instructions seemed simple enough, but just
didn't work.

Bill Moran
Collaborative Fusion Inc.

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