Publicizing MacPorts

Steven Smith steve.t.smith at
Sun Apr 18 12:28:46 UTC 2021

>> I completely agree that Homebrew is currently winning at publicity.
> What should the MacPorts community be doing do publicize MacPorts better?

The new M1 architecture is a perfect opportunity to champion MacPorts’s strengths:

• Strong emphasis on binaries built from source code, often specifically patched
• Strong emphasis on smart, solid engineering with high quality, reliable installs
• Extraordinarily comprehensive coverage across both software and architectures
• Expert, engaged, and helpful development community

We’re seeing all these strengths play out in MacPorts’s successful and ongoing migration to the new M1 chip.

We’re also seeing the contrast of how Homebrew’s undesirable design decisions, reliance on external binaries, and other shortcuts affect its migration to the M1:

This is an easy case to make, and MacPorts should be making it, using the M1 as a banner example.

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