A general philosophical question about MacPorts

Alejandro Imass aimass at yabarana.com
Wed Feb 20 21:23:08 UTC 2019

On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 10:48 AM Mojca Miklavec <mojca at macports.org> wrote:

> On Wed, 20 Feb 2019 at 16:33, Bill Cole wrote:
> >
> > The departure of MacPorts from Mac OS Forge as it was
> > being wound down was announced in
> >
> https://lists.macports.org/pipermail/macports-dev/2016-August/033405.html
> While I wouldn't mind if Apple continued to provide hardware building
> capacity, the move to GitHub probably saved (and boosted) the project.
Exactly my point. There is no such "abandonment" from Apple to MacPorts, or
any Open Source projects around macOS or anything like that.

As I understood in the initial posting, the OP was implying that somehow
Apple was departing from supporting MacPorts (and by transitivity Homebrew)
and I don't think that is accurate.

The two references mentioned so far, namely:

1) The MacPorts History
2) The departure of MacPorts from Mac OS Forge [to GitHub]

are not new history nor do they reflect any radical changes in Apple's
attitude or support for MacPorts or OSS in general. IMHO, anyway.

So the sentence in the original post "Recently, given the overall Apple
direction for MacOS" is misleading because there is no such recently nor
there is any change in Apple's direction towards MacPorts, Homebrew,
XQuartz or any other interfacing with the OSS world. If there are pls.
point to them.

On the contrary, I think they've always had a pretty clear cut relationship
with OSS and participate and/or maintain in hundreds of OSS described here:
https://opensource.apple.com and here:




> Mojca
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