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Linux package manager - fit and working again

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Fink, the program that brings oodles of Linux software to Mac OS X, has been updated for Jaguar.

It's a native, Darwin version of the Debian GNU/Linux package manager - specifically three tools dpkg, dselect, and apt-get - and opens up a new world for OS X users by bringing everything from small utilities to complete desktop environments such as KDE and GNOME to the Mac.

Thanks to last minute changes by Apple to version 10.2 that broke compatibility with Fink, many packages have needed to be rebuilt and re-tested. The total number of available packages stands at 1,867.

The new version is numbered 0.5.0a, and it's 10.2-only. 10.1 users can use 0.4.1.

" I cannot describe in one message the vastness of body of software fink opens to the OS X user. In sum, it makes the Mac simply the most versatile, powerful desktop Unix on the market, bar none," says one user - and what's to disagree with?

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