The biggest problem with MacOS X is that a lot of UNIX software that
runs on FreeBSD and such, is not ported to MacOSX, and it's very
difficult to compile on MacOSX.
This is completely wrong. Take a look at macports  (formerly
darwinports) for a large repository of UNIX software that compiles
very cleanly on OSX. It's nearly 7 years since OSX shipped to the
public. In that time, most opensource software was updated to compile
cleanly on OSX. The primary changes to allow this were to the
"configure" scripts so they recognize darwin as a base OS. If other
patches were necessary, most software maintainers accepted these
patches back into their trunk.
OSX has excellent support for most UNIX software.
In trying to compile A+ (see aplusdev.org) I had a few problems getting
for FreeBSD (Because the A+ code was using the wrong macro to identify
But my efforts to compile the latest version for OS X.3 PPC have brought
that look like compiler errors.
In my view porting to the MAC is harder (though I very much wish it weren't)
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