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Chapter 19. Working with Unix > Installing Other Unix Software

Installing Other Unix Software

The previous sections of this chapter explained how to use some of the most popular Unix commands. If you are already a Unix user, you may find that one of your favorite Unix commands is not included with Mac OS X. If this is an application for which the source code is freely available, you’re in luck—Mac OS X includes gcc, the GNU C Compiler, which is the standard Unix compiler nowadays, and associated applications, such as the make program, that make it easy for you to compile and install Unix applications on your Mac OS X system. After all, thousands of people have been hacking on Unix since the late 1970s, so there’s a lot of free software available!

This section explores some of the issues in compiling free software for your Mac OS X system, and also explores some of the relevant issues in the release of the source code for parts of Mac OS X, such as the Darwin kernel, to the open source community.


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