On Nov 13, 2006, at 7:02 PM, Lorin Lund wrote:

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 [1] (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.


[1] macports.org

In trying to compile A+ (see aplusdev.org) I had a few problems getting
it compiled
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
out errors
that look like compiler errors.

In my view porting to the MAC is harder (though I very much wish it weren't)

POSIX compliance got much better with the 10.4 (Tiger) release. If you are still targeting 10.3 (Panther) then there may be some issues. The 10.3 release is over 2 years old now.

Also, please recall I said "most software" and not 100% of software. I am certain there are outliers that don't compile cleanly on OSX, but that hardly proves that OSX is not a good UNIX target. The vast majority of software compiles and runs just fine on the latest OSX release.


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