FinkCommander – Easily Install Unix Software from a GUI
In our “Ten OS X Command Line utilities you might not know about” article, we briefly mentioned FinkCommander, a GUI frontend to the ‘fink’ command line utility. It is the easiest way we know of to explore the wonderful world of free Unix software on the Mac. We think it is such a useful app that we decided to pay some special attention to it.
FinkCommander is a great way to quickly and painlessly search for and install Unix software without messing around in the terminal.
Simply type in the name of what you are looking for and click install – it is that easy, whether you’re installing Gimp (Gimp is an open source image editing program, like Photoshop) or Irssi (Irssi is a clean and powerful command line IRC client).
Useful for command line newbies and experts alike!
Whether or not you want to use fink and finkcommander, or another option is up to you. Of course there are other choices out there too for open source package management on the Mac. MacPorts and Homebrew are the two most notable examples.
Or you can just compile your own software from scratch by using source, that’s your call, all easily possible on the Mac thanks to the powerful unix underpinnings of the wonderful Mac OS X operating system.
Got any tips for Fink or other package managers? Share in the comments!