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Part A: Appendixes > Unix and Linux Utilities for Mac OS X

Unix and Linux Utilities for Mac OS X

  • Fink (http://fink.sourceforge.net/): The Fink project is dedicated to making existing Linux and other open source packages available for Mac OS X in such a way that they can be easily installed and configured. The Fink project uses the Debian Linux toolset to make it easy for your to install a basic selection of Linux tools on your OS X system. You can then easily add other packages to your system using the Fink tools, which automatically identify and satisfy dependencies and requirements for the software that you are installing. The Fink software is installed in its own directory hierarchy, rooted at the directory /sw so that it will not interfere with existing versions of Linux and open source tools that you may already have installed on your system. Installing Fink is well worth the time if you are a Linux fan and you want to use a complete Linux toolset on your OS X system.

  • GNU Mac OS X Public Archive (http://www.osxgnu.org/): A complete site dedicated to making GNU software available on OS X. This site includes general information for OS X developers, such as white papers about creating OS X packages, installing and managing software on OS X, and much more.

  • TeX on Mac OS X (http://www.rna.nl/tex.html): This provides information and downloadable software for the popular TeX markup language on Mac OS X. The site provides an overview of using TeX on OS X, and includes links and commentary on most of the versions of TeX for Mac OS X. TeX for OS X is free.

  • XonX (http://sourceforge.net/projects/xonx): The XonX site is dedicated to making the Open Source version of the X Window system, XFree86, available on Mac OS X. You can download installers for the latest and greatest versions of Xfree86 from this site in installable package images that quickly and easily install on your OS X system. The latest versions of Xfree86 for Mac OS X supports rootless mode, where your X Window system and Aqua applications can simultaneously display windows on the same screen. If you are a fan of the X Window system or simply need to be able to run X Window system applications on OS X, you will want to visit this site.


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