Sorry, this is a 'newbe' question.

Kevin Walzer kw at
Fri Sep 21 07:08:17 PDT 2007

Alexander Aakesson wrote:
> Hi,  my name is Alec Aakesson, and I just moved from linux/freebsd 
> environment to a Mac environment.  I would like to download the darwin 
> ports and install them on my Mac [OS X 10.4].  I would like to know if I 
> have to pay to do that or buy any special software?  Is it available to 
> any one?  I am not doing this for any organization, but for my own 
> edification.  When I went to download the source for the ports I was 
> asked to enter my 'work e-mail address.'  I am used to working with 
> freebsd ports, but I am not quite sure how Mac does things.
> Please let me know.
> Cheers,
> Alec

MacPorts is free and open-source software released under the BSD 
license. There is no cost to download it, and install it, and install 
software with it.

Did you download it from It doesn't ask for a 
work e-mail address to do this.

The base MacPorts distribution is a command-line application; if you are 
comfortable with the terminal then you should be fine. If you prefer a 
graphical interface, there are a few different options, some which are 
free/open-source and some which are commercial applications (I develop 
one of the commercial GUI applications).

Hope this helps,

Kevin Walzer
Code by Kevin

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