Currently Being ModeratedNov 6, 2012 5:42 AM (in response to XeeeNa)
Well I guess you are stuck then. GNU has never supported any Apple product and that is only likely to get worse in the future. Xcode has always been required. Furthermore, Apple's Clang compiler is far superior to GCC.
Package managers come from a Linux tradition where each person has a single machine and each machine is unique in the world. Anyone who has more than a single Linux machine knows what a nightmare package managers are. I have seven Linux machines I use on a regular basis. Each one has a unique combination of system software. One machine is partially broken and another is 50% broken - all because of package managers. Real system administrators, a rare breed these days, know to avoid package managers like the plague.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 6, 2012 3:16 PM (in response to Mark Szymczyk)
Mark Szymczyk wrote:
Homebrew works with the Command Line Tools package and does not require Xcode to be installed.
Homebrew should make that a little more clear. I haven't been a fan of MacPorts or Fink in the past because they required hacking up dot files and insisted on using their own versions of libraries even when they are installed by default. Homebrew seems to address at least some of those problems. It would be nice if Homebrew used true frameworks with version control.