A general philosophical question about MacPorts

Christoph Kukulies kuku at kukulies.org
Wed Feb 20 15:09:02 UTC 2019

> Am 20.02.2019 um 14:50 schrieb S. L. Garwood via macports-users <macports-users at lists.macports.org>:
> A big thank you to all the people who chimed in and gave me much to think over.
> I have used MacPorts since 10.6.8 - it is based on one of my favorite package managers (FreeBSD ports)
> I’ve been a long time FreeBSD user, fan, and booster (since 386-bsd believe it or not).


Yeah, 386bsd , Bill Jolitz.

and his mantra lying in this verse:


I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

(The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost)


Also a long time FreeBSD user.
> I think for now I’ll keep using MacPorts (in spite of not having boost-1.68) and move off of Linux to a FreeBSD VM for *nix needs.
> I am NOT a big fan of systemd so FreeBSD is a no brainer.
> Again thanks to all for your comments and suggestions.
>> On Feb 20, 2019, at 8:14 AM, Mojca Miklavec <mojca at macports.org> wrote:
>> On Tue, 19 Feb 2019 at 14:13, S. L. Garwood via macports-users wrote:
>>> So my philosophical question is “Why MacPorts these days?”.
>> If your question is: "Why a package manager for Mac these days", just
>> a few numbers.
>> We don't have any good analytics data, but our competitor saw more
>> than 6 million installs (not counting those who opted out) of the most
>> popular package in the last year. This at least tells you that there
>> is interest in people using a native package manager. I know that our
>> traffic runs in many terrabytes, but I forgot even the sample numbers.
>> If you don't care about running your software natively, it's better to
>> switch to Linux and forget about the expensive hardware.
>> I would have left macOS if I didn't have a package manager available,
>> the computer would be next-to-useless.
>> Even if the software is not packaged (yet), it is orders of magnitude
>> easier to build it for Mac than without the package manager.
>> Mojca
>> Mojca

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