Mac Open Source Software


“Darwin Ports”: automatically downloads open source projects over the Internet and compiles and installs them on your Mac. Means the whole world of 40 years of unix tools is available with a single command line on your computer. (BTW, Darwin is the name of the core operating system under Mac OS X and Ports means “portable software” you can load onto your computer. To get them you need to:

# Download darwin at “”:
# Install “Xcode”:
# Install XWindows. First see if there is a file /Applications/Utilities/X11 and if not, insert the Mac OS X install disk and run Optional Installs and check X11
# Set the Unix shell envioronment. Make sure ~/.profile includes the lines _export PATH=/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:$PATH_ and for X11 you need _export DISPLAY=:0.0″ and to run X11 appls properfly, you need to edit /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc and add _source ~/.profile_ and finally open X11 and select Customize Menu/Applciations and double click on Terminal and change that entry to _xterm -ls_
# Install DarwinPorts by downloading and runing the installer. Regularly run the self updater by running the command _sudo port -d selfupdate_

Now you can install just about any open source software if you know it’s name. For instance to install the network mapper called nmap, you start /Applications/Utility/Terminal and run the command:

bq. sudo port install nmap

Here are some useful utilities from a huge list of 4,000 ports at “”:

* nmap. Listed above, this let’s you scan a network and look for broken devices. Unfortunately with Darwinports, only the text based thing work, the graphical interface called zenmap doesn’t
* nessus-core. This is security software that look for security holes in your network. This doesn’t build at all complaining about an error in a library. On the other hand, you can download a compiled binary at “”:
* “”: is another open source utility for checking the security of your wifi keys that also has a Mac binary version

So I’m on to “Fink”: which has the same purpose. It is a little more complicated because you have to:

* download fink and then compile it yourself.
* You also have to load “Xquartz”: which is a version of the X11 package.
* download “FinkCommander”: which is a graphical interface to Fink

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