Decision time: MacPorts vs Homebrew vs Fink

My work macbook pro recently crapped out on me during an update of the OS (apparently something has a tendency to go wrong with the video card or its driver or something similar during this particular update for this particular model … sigh) so I’ve had the joy of reinstalling my personal ecosystem of software again.

One of the crucial decisions for me is whether to use MacPorts, HomeBrew, or Fink to allow me to manage the installation of non-trivial Unix packages. This post is really just to remind myself that at this go-round, I chose MacPorts because of these posts. Essentially, Fink is older and MacPorts is its successor, so therefore better in my simplistic mind, and apparently it’s a lot easier to setup a SciPy install with MacPorts.

  • sheldonross

    I recall having to install MacPorts to make use of some random software I needed at the time. I never heard of Homebrew.

  • jonquimbly

    MacPorts covers more packages than Homebrew or Fink. The two can coexist on the same system, if you’re very careful, but MacPorts offers most complete set of ports.