MetaPKG on macnews.de

The MetaPKG core team was interviewed by MacNews.de recently. (The babelfish translation is quite hilarious — “information about postage run gene exchange”??)

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I’m back, and I’m bad!

Welp, I’m home from my vacation. Of course, you know what the first thing I did when I got home was. I’m building Qt/Mac right now, then I’ll look into updating the qt3 dport and start integrating Sam’s patches into my KDE stuff.

I’m building with gcc 3.3 just to check things out, can’t hurt to be sure everything’s clean. Hopefully by the weekend I’ll see if I have basic KDE stuff working, and I can start tweaking. Had some thoughts while I was on vacation, I think it would be very cool to have a “desktop2bundle” script or something that will create an application bundle (complete with KDE icon and multi-language support for the label). I’m going to be looking into that once I’ve got things basically working.

Also saw that my buddy Weave has a blog up now. Looks like he’s mostly talking about various mac bits from an engineer’s point of view, along with the requisite personal vendetta life has against everything he does. Should be interesting… <grin>

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Gentoo on MacOSX (or, Shut Your Yapholes You Simpering Idiots!)

(This is a repost of my post to OSNews.) I’m one of the core Fink maintainers and I also maintain some packages (and have even recently done some development) on darwinports, so I hope I at least have a little bit to say about this. 😉 A lot of the comments are saying “why?!?!” Really people, you should know the answer by now. “Why not?” It’s a fun hack, it’s neat, it’s satisfying when you accomplish it. Who needs another reason? If other people get something out of it, great. As for “what this means”, it means another infrastructure for porting packages. Yes, they’re duplicating functionality… I made the same complaints when darwinports started out, but darwinports has done some pretty innovative things and has great plans for the future; I’ve since decided I no longer have the right to ask why — it’s not my place. You’ll find that the “packaging” (ie, making the package description) is the easy part. “Porting” is the hard part, and there is very little overlap in that space. A number of fink and darwinports developers hang out in each other’s irc channels, and . . . → Read More: Gentoo on MacOSX (or, Shut Your Yapholes You Simpering Idiots!)

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DarwinPorts Tinkering

Shantonu Sen and I have been working a lot on RPM, and the RPM port in dports. Things are looking pretty good now, I’m doing enough building to have a mock-up of a yum repository (kind of like apt) up and working. I’ve got 10 or 12 packages for both ppc and x86 built, and all seems to be going well so far. Feel free to give it a shot and give us feedback, it’s starting to look pretty slick!

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Fun With Darwin/x86

I got Darwin/x86 set up on my PC a couple of days ago, and I’ve been a building fool since then. KDE works from dports, and I’m in the process of getting the fink packages happy as well. Some details here, in my post to the KDE-Darwin list.

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