Open Source Mac - Free, Open-Source software for OS X

Ian Eiloart iane at
Fri Jun 1 02:59:45 PDT 2007

--On 30 May 2007 10:37:37 -0700 "Jordan K. Hubbard" <jkh at> wrote:

> On May 30, 2007, at 9:40 AM, paul beard wrote:
>> I'm getting a sense that people who use double-clickable installers
>> are somehow not "our sort of people." Goodness knows we can always
>> use more snobbery ;-)
> I wouldn't argue that at all.  I would instead argue that MacPorts is
> simply not READY to serve people who use double-clickable installers.
> That has always been a design goal of MacPorts, but it's not there yet.
> It has a ways to go.  It doesn't even know how many of its ports even
> build at a given time yet, much less have them all packaged up and ready
> to double click on. :-)
> - Jordan

No, but MacPorts might be used to install such software on machines managed 
by system admins who do see the advantage. For example, they might be 
University or company Sys Admins who manage a lot of machines.

Or, I might prefer to use MacPorts to install such software for my Mum. SSH 
and MacPorts might be a better solution than ARD over a cheap broadband 
connection, for example.

Ian Eiloart
IT Services, University of Sussex

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