Is Mac Os An Open Source Software

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Before my shift to using macOS as my daily work operating system, I was using a myriad of GNU/Linux platforms. Linux (as well as FreeBSD and OpenBSD, upon which macOS is built) provided me with easy access to the various open source software via a package manager.

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What is a package manager

A package manager is a command line tool that gives me access to a myriad of pre-built (or sometimes to source code if desired) software packages to install and download on my computer. I could open a terminal and simply type in a command to tell the package manager to download and install any freely available open source software my heart (and requirements) desired.

Homebrew will 'install the stuff you need that Apple didn't.'

Although macOS has the App Store, it's not a repository of my favorite open source software (at least not in their raw unadulterated forms). Things like mplayer, wget, and gcc aren't in the App Store and searching for or building the source code for a package can become onerous.

This is where Homebrew for macOS saves the day!

What is Homebrew

Homebrew touts itself as 'the missing package manager for macOS' and that it will 'install the stuff you need that Apple didn't.' Once installed on your Mac, you'll have access to hundreds of open source packages ready for you at your fingertips. Need to download a youtube video? Open a command prompt and type 'brew install youtube-dl'. Need to cross-compile for another platform? Type in 'brew install gcc'. Want to play Windows PC based games on macOS? Type in 'brew install wine'. It's that easy.

Installing Homebrew

Installing Homebrew also couldn't be easier.

  1. Start terminal.
  2. At the command line type in:
    • /usr/bin/ruby -e '$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)'
  3. Hit Return.
  4. Hit Return again to allow the install to start.
  5. Enter your Password.
  6. Hit Return.

Wait for the download to start and for the installer to finish. That's it!

Installing software packages

Once you've got Homebrew installed, you can now download any open source software you like, called formulae, that is maintained by the package manager developers. There are hundreds of apps to choose from. For example, let's say I wanted to install a lightweight torrent client like Transmission. Here's how to do it.

  1. Open terminal.
  2. At the command line type in:
    • brew install transmission
  3. Tap Return.
  4. Done!

That's it! Super fast and easy.

Final comments

With the amazing graphical interface Apple made on top of its BSD underpinnings, it's easy to forget the power that the UNIX command line can provide. It's flexible and fast with an incredible amount of free software that can turn any user into a power user. Do you think the App Store should rollout open source software packages into its scope? Is having third-party package managers such as Homebrew the better option? Lets us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Free and open-source software is good for you and good for the world. This is the best free Mac software that we know of.

Mozilla Firefox

MacThe premier free, open-source browser. Tabs, pop-up blocking, themes, and extensions. Considered by many to be the world's best browser.
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Adium

Connect to multiple IM accounts simultaneously in a single app, including: AOL IM, MSN, and Jabber. Beautiful, themable interface.
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Quicksilver

Quicksilver lets you start applications (and do just about everything) with a few quick taps of your fingers. Warning: start using Quicksilver and you won't be able to imagine using a Mac without it.
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Mozilla Thunderbird

Powerful spam filtering, solid interface, and all the features you need.
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The Unarchiver

Uncompress RAR, 7zip, tar, and bz2 files on your Mac. Many new Mac users will be puzzled the first time they download a RAR file. Do them a favor and download UnRarX for them!
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Handbrake

DVD ripper and MPEG-4 / H.264 encoding. Very simple to use.
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RSSOwl

Solid cross-platform RSS client.
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Cabos

A simple, easy to use filesharing program. Gnutella network.
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SolarSeek

Soulseek filesharing for Mac, in a simple, solid client.
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Transmission

Very nice torrent downloader.
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Q Emulator

Run Windows programs on your Intel Mac at near native speed. Works on G4 / G5 Macs too, but much slower.
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Miro

Beautiful interface. Plays any video type (much more than quicktime). Subscribe to video RSS, download, and watch all in one. Torrent support. Search and download from YouTube and others.
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Telephone

A great 'SIP' client. Call regular phones from your Mac. 100% free and open source.
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Bitcoin

A 'peer-to-peer' digital currency so you can buy things without paying transaction fees.
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Miro Video Converter

Convert any type of video to mp4 or theora. Convert any video for use with iPhone, iPod, Android, etc. Very clean, easy to use interface.
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VLC

Plays more video files than most players: Quicktime, AVI, DIVX, OGG, and more. Pretty good interface.
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MPlayer

The interface and buttons are not as nice or as Mac-like in feel, but it may play even more video files than VLC.
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Perian

A plugin that allows quicktime to play additional video formats. (Included in Democracy Player.)
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iPodDisk

Copy music off your iPod in the finder, like a regular disk drive.
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Burn

CD and DVD Burner. Burn any video to a disc that plays in your DVD player!
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Vidalia

This TOR frontend keeps you anonymous on the web using military-grade techniques. For use with Firefox see: TorButton.
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LibreOffice

Big, full featured suite of tools for word processing and spreadsheets. Compatible with and a free replacement for Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. Friends don't let friends pay for Microsoft Office.
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AbiWord

A word processor. Leaner and quicker than OpenOffice. Compatible with Microsoft Word documents and OpenDocument Format.
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KisMac

The best wireless scanner for Mac. Find wireless access when you're on the go.
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Gimp.app

Photo editing application that rivals Photoshop in features.
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Formulate Pro

An easy way to fill-out (or sign) PDFs that Preview can't edit.
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Inkscape

Vector graphics application (requires X11).
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Scribus

Desktop publishing. Complicated install, but a nice app.
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Cyberduck

Very good all-around ftp program.
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OneButton FTP

Simple, fast FTP, with a focus on 'advanced queuing'.
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Fugu

Not as polished as Cyberduck (and only for SFTP) but has a side by side interface showing your files and the remote files.
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Blue Griffon

Visual tool for making websites (WYSIWYG html editor), comparable to Dreamweaver.
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KVIrc

A cross-platform IRC client that's free and open source.
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WaveMaker

A visual development tool for building great-looking web and cloud applications.
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