Posts Tagged ‘os x lion’

MacPorts new-ish tricks, and a new-ish trickster, Rudix

Monday, May 14th, 2012

As the bucket-loads of package providers in Puppet┬ámay lead you to believe, if we do not study history we are doomed to repeat it. Or more to the point, there is no shortage of projects focused on solving the same ‘how do I get the bits of code I want to execute on a machine installed’ issue. Mac Sysadmins have used Fink and (originally named DarwinPorts) MacPorts to acquire various open source software and unix tools not bundled with the operating system. A disadvantage many people found in those projects was the reliance on developer tools and compile time to actually go through the build-from-source process, which brings us to the news that was brought to our attention this weekend, via the Twitter: MacPorts now hosts pre-built archives for Lion, which are used automatically when available. There are a few caveats (e.g. it would only be available to the projects with compatible licensing), but this functionality was added for Snow Leopard mid-last year, along with another interesting development: you can host your own custom pre-built archives on a local network as described here.

All of this is to say that if you thought the game was over and competing projects like Homebrew had won… then you haven’t been paying attention to all those innovators, putting more tools in our belts.

Speaking of optimizations in package management, while MacPorts can generate packages once you’ve acquired the source or binary archive, another project called Rudix goes one step further and hosts packages of the software it offers on googlecode. It specifically won’t build from source, but its packages are meant to include all the necessary dependencies, and like other managers it can be driven from the command line, and uninstall as necessary. No more excuses not to have iperf or mtr when you need it, and if you’d rather have a little more control over the version of ssh-copy-id than what Homebrew provides, you can use a project like the Luggage.

Video on Configuring FileVault in OS X Lion

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Unnatural Scroll Directions in OS X Lion

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

The first Lion change you’ll notice is the login window. It’s different. But then once you get logged in and you start using Lion, you’ll notice that swiping around on a trackpad or mouse goes the wrong direction. No, your system isn’t broken, and no, don’t go filing any bugs with Apple. It’s supposed to be a more natural look and feel to moving around on screens. But I’m old and natural feels very unnatural (insert lewd joke here).

If you open System Preferences and click on trackpad (or mouse) then you’ll see all the gestures available to you. Click on the Scroll & Zoom tab and then uncheck the first box for Scroll direction: natural.

Ah… Much better… Having shown this, I would like to point out that I think this whole thing is the future, so you’re probably saving yourself a little grief if you get used to it now. But if you want to procrastinate a bit on this whole thing (like me), now you know how…