A general philosophical question about MacPorts

Ruben Di Battista rubendibattista at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 12:50:31 UTC 2019

To complement people answer, and most of all, "Why macOS"? Well, because
there is not another Unix laptop that is as efficiently implemented. For
example, take a Windows laptop, put Linux on it, and see your battery life
drop at least of 15-20%. Well, i hate it. On my macOS I have very good
battery life with basically 99% of Linux software compiled with the help of

Using a VM workflow is really a no-go for me. So laggy and time consuming.
And really, macOS is really beautiful to use and agile. The gestures are
really time saving and they're already there without pindaric flights among
Windows Managers bugs and configurations on Linux (I could achieve
something similarly agile with ArchLinux + KDE Plasma 5, but I needed to
tweak quite a lot)

On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 10:28 AM Riccardo Mottola via macports-users <
macports-users at lists.macports.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> Bill Cole wrote:
> > Because running the tools it provides in a VM is a grotesque waste of
> > RAM and disk space and puts a wall up between tools I want to use
> > occasionally and the UI where I prefer to work mostly.
> I second that, for me a VM is a waste and only the "last possible mean".
> Except of course if you need VM to have many different environments and
> don't want to have a multi-boot or a multi-machine setup.
> >
> > Also, on one old 1st generation Core Duo iMac, it helps me to build
> > and run a suite of server software and other key tools that can face
> > the Internet with reasonable safety and an attack surface that doesn't
> > quite look like any other machine while seeming irresistible to a
> > certain class of miscreants. I have a professional interest in the
> > unique behavioral intelligence I get from that machine that I cannot
> > get anywhere else. It would be a serious chore to maintain that host
> > as 'live bait' without MacPorts and I hate the idea of just discarding
> > a machine that would otherwise have no practical use.
> Right, MacPorts provides also an excellent way for having older Macs
> running, since it allows to get current software compiled for your
> system when perhaps a binary is not provided, to get updated
> dependencies, etc.
> Having e.g. gcc 6.5 and clang on Leopard or Snow Leopard is jsut
> excellent and can be both your goal (if you want to develop) or a tool
> to geto other applications you need.
> So are up-to-date svn and git clients!
> Using Gimp natively is just nice, isn't it?
> Riccardo

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