Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 9th Apr 2003 03:30 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Today, we host a mini-interview with Fink's project leader, Max Horn. The Fink project wants to bring the full world of Unix Open Source software to Darwin and Mac OS X. They modify Unix software so that it compiles and runs on Mac OS X 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 and you can choose whether you want to download precompiled binary packages or build everything from source.
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Debian/Darwin
by Anonymous on Mon 14th Apr 2003 14:27 UTC

I agree I prefer to work with Debian for most stuff.

However there's a couple of issues that force me to work in MacOS X quite often:
- Proprietay apps you need to use for work. There's not that many in my case, but Flash MX is one of em.
- Hardware that does thesame: with the new powerbooks with Nvidia hardware, there is no hw-accelerated 3D for Linux+PowerPC. That's a damn shame.
- Some of the MacOSX goodness (iCal I'm quite fond of, and there's other stuff too)


For those reasons, I really wish Fink was Debian/[Darwin|OSX] - a straight Debian Port that lives together with MacOSX. The major advantage would be that a lot of the work would be already done by the Debian community (a lot of the packages require nothing more than a recompile on OSX)

I'd assume because of the big differences there would neet to be some glue, but considering Debian is seriously working on a Debian/BSD port, I'd assume the problems are solvable. And long term, more realistic considering the 12000 packages that are in Debian right now...