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Install Linux applications on Mac OS X with Fink

Even though OS X is a Unix based operating system, you can not just take a Unix/Linux application and run it on OS X, you have to port it on OS X in order for you to use it. Since most of these applications are open source – this can be achieved fairly easily. Fink is a project that recompiles existing open source software and ports it on OS X and makes them available through a package manager called “Fink”, which is similar to Synaptic Package Manager for Ubuntu. Fink has a huge collection of some 2500+ packages.

Here’re the steps:

  1. Download and install Fink.
  2. Copy FinkCommander.app from FinkCommander folder to Application folder.
  3. Now you will have to update sources and binaries. Update sources by going to Source –> Scanpackages from Fink, Index the source list with Source –> Utilities –> Index. Update binaries by going to Binary –> Update descriptions.
  4. Finally to install application select the application you want to install and go to Binary –> Install.

Source:→ LinuxHaxor

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