Archive for January, 2009

OS *(ni)X

So i have started to actually “blog” on my blog now. Not much traffic coming through anyway. So whatevhs. So lately i have been messing around with Arch Linux, and Gentoo Linux.
All these sessions have got me thinking. All the configuring, testing, failing, retrying, re-editing config files in VIM, really gets me thinking about OS X + Linux a lot more. There are many parallels, and i love the idea of combining the things i like about all of them into one, open-source operating system.

For example, my everyday host-OS is the latest updated OS X leopard. One thing i dislike about the way OS X updates it’s software packages is that there are a bunch of applications i dont use, that software update always has updates for. All the time. I dont use iLife, iMove, iDVD, Pages, Keynote, iPhoto, etc. So why would i want to constantly install updates for apps i dont use? they can take up plenty of MB’s of space, that could be better utilized for a variety of different usages. This is why i prefer the Linux way of package-management.
Need to update an application you use everyday? Pop right into the terminal, and type
‘sudo apt-get udpate’, or ’emege –sync’, or ‘pacman -Syu’ depending on your system, and you can update packages manually, and Only update the ones you need.

Sure, you can always opt to just check off the updates you dont want in Software Update,
but Software Update doesnt additionally provide you with a multitude of other additional packages you might not need, but you may want.
This is why you may want to consider installing Fink, and /or Gentoo OS X. (portage)

Portage
An effort to bring Gentoo Portage to Apple Mac OS X. The goal of this project is to enable OS X users to enjoy the application richness of Portage on their favourite operating system of choice.

In its current incarnation, the project has its limitations on OS X which make the project for OS X as such incomplete. Embraced by the Gentoo/Alt project these limitations are recognised and being worked on with the purpose of finding a satisfying solution in the long run.

Currently there is no official installer for Gentoo for Mac OS X.


Detailed Info on Portage for OS X

However, the download link for the install files seems to be down currently. I’ll re-post
when i see that it is up.

Fink
The Fink project wants to bring the full world of Unix Open Source software to Darwin and Mac OS X. We modify Unix software so that it compiles and runs on Mac OS X (“port” it) and make it available for download as a coherent distribution. Fink uses Debian tools like dpkg and apt-get to provide powerful binary package management. You can choose whether you want to download precompiled binary packages or build everything from source.

Download

Macports
The MacPorts Project is an open-source community initiative to design an easy-to-use system for compiling, installing,
and upgrading either command-line, X11 or Aqua based open-source software on the
Mac OS X operating system. To that end we provide the command-line driven MacPorts software package under a BSD License, and through it easy access to thousands of ports
that greatly simplify the task of compiling and installing open-source software on your Mac.


Installing Macports