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Part IV: Under Mac OS X's Hood > Installing Unix Software

Chapter 27. Installing Unix Software

For the most part, installing Mac OS X software is as easy as dragging an application's icon to your hard drive, or occasionally having to double-click a package icon and run through a few prompts in the Installer application. Thereafter, everything Just Works.

Installing software for Darwin, the Unix side of Mac OS X, is not always so easy. Because Mac OS X's graphical interface tends to keep Darwin and its activities invisible in the background, many Mac OS X users never need to worry about this. However, through Darwin, you have access to a whole world of largely open source software written for the Unix operating system. In Mac OS X's "factory" state (with the Xcode Tools installed), you can immediately start installing and using Unix software that uses a command-line interface (or has no interface at all, as with system daemons). If you install the X Window System (as described in Chapter 26), you can start using all manner of GUI-using Unix software as well.


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