Saturday, October 22, 2005

Using linux apps on other OS

Its instinct how we try to change people. "I love you for who you are, now change". I've been relatively happy with windows since I've discovered cygwin. What that does is that it puts a linux bash and other commands into windows cmd.

This means that I dont feel lost once i run cmd. How often have you typed "ls -l" in a dos prompt? The great thing now is that i can do crazy things like "dir | grep file".

Thats one reason why I like Mac OS X. You wouldn't feel lost, or should I say that lost. Its not exactly like the user friendly Linux enviornment that allows you to do tons of stuff in many different ways. And it doesn't have that many open source applications and not known to be as friendly to them as well.

There has been a few projects to port linux apps to mac os. I've been trying some since, fink included. As that was a long time ago, I can't quite remember the reason why I needed it, but I have a feeling it had something to do with perl and how the mac perl was all funny.

Today, I decided to give gentoo a go. I'm not sure how its going to be yet though. Essentially, I dont think its really necessary to have both, but having one is a good idea. It really does expand the realm of the mac and its odd internals making it a little more user friendly.

In all my experience and history in only using Redhat styled distributions, getting into dedian styled method of doing things might be a bit of a change in habit. I hope its not going to be too strange. Looking on the bright side, I did manage to adapt from solaris to hp-ux after a lot of swearing. Lucky I dont have to work on AIX at this point in time.

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