A general philosophical question about MacPorts

James Linder jam at tigger.ws
Wed Feb 20 14:03:47 UTC 2019

> On 20 Feb 2019, at 8:00 pm, macports-users-request at lists.macports.org wrote:
> First let me say I have used MacPorts since 10.6.8.
> Recently, given the overall Apple direction for MacOS I stopped and asked myself “Why am I doing this?”.
> I started using Mint Linux on VirtualBox and ported a couple of the simpler apps I use.
> Mint has come a long way and runs very well on a VBox instance. Data can move easily from MacOS to Mint and vice-versa.
> True, I have been a *nix user for decades, but a novice (non-*nix user) wouldn’t be using MacPorts anyway.
> I appreciate all the work the developers have put into MacPorts but to me the handwriting on the wall was when Apple pulled the MacPorts informal support they provided for years.
> So my philosophical question is “Why MacPorts these days?”. 

I wonder if I’ll tread on toes: In order to seamlessly drain all your money Apple need to make nice hardware that works well. They do. I run a doz or so linux VMs, yet having macports provide many of the daily tools I use is incredibly useful.


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