Fink and DarwinPorts

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Mac Lad, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. Mac Lad macrumors member

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    Hallo,

    I just would like to know how your opinion toward Fink and/or DarwinPorts. I actually never use either of them, partially because I'm a beginner to Unix/porting/compiling and all of that stuff. In addition, Terminal kind of scares me to death :D. At the same time, however, there are so many cool open-source apps for Unix/Linux that I would like to utilize in my lovely powerbook. Is it just better to get both Fink and DarwinPorts and try them out? I visited their websites (Fink + DarwinPorts) and I just barely understand what the heck is going on...

    someone help me please.... Thanx thanx thanx
     
  2. cb911 macrumors 601

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    just jump in and start trying out some Terminal comands is the best thing to do. :) or course, just dont' type random stuff... just google something like "termainl commands" and you should get the basics from that.

    here's a good article talking about both DarwinPorts and Fink, and it also has easy to follow instructions for installing both.
    http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/wlg/3076

    i've got both DP & Fink installed, since there's some packages that you can only get on DP or Fink, but not both.

    hope that helps you out.
     
  3. belf8st macrumors member

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    You can also check out Fink Commander

    http://finkcommander.sourceforge.net/

    It's a nice gui interface for fink. You might want to get familiar with Debian's apt . Just google for it. There's a ton of good documentation out there with regards to Debian's tool.


     
  4. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    Download the full fink package with FinkCommander.
    FinkCommander is a graphical UI that is very easy to use, darwin ports is a bit harder to use..
     
  5. Mac Lad thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanx for the replies! That O'Reilly article was particularly very helpful. So...I'm definitely gonna try out Fink and FinkCommander. I noticed that some people in the forum prefer DarwinPorts and bash on Fink for some reason that I am not aware of. I guess I'll find out....

    Ciao!
     

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