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GNU-Darwin OS has arrived:
GNU-Darwin has more than accomplished all of the goals that were set at
the founding. Many thanks to the many free software developers who
assisted to make this a great distro. Many cheers to Apple users.
pkg_add -rf mozilla openoffice
GNU-Darwin html2rss has been added to the base distribution, /usr/local/html2rss. Look, if you dare! A package is available, but sorry no docs yet. Got C?
Finally, GNU-Darwin is almost ready to build a large package collection for GNU/Linux. These packages are intended for use with the GNU/Linux User
Tarball. We are able to create initial packages, but the format still needs some work. Check them out!
Tru64 soon, send us a Sun!
It's official. OpenOffice-x11 developer's release is now available for
GNU-Darwin-ppc and Mac OS X. Please
note that this is pre-alpha software, marked for developers. Package now
available (pkg_add -rf openoffice). Just type "ooffice".
Bnetd: A game server for StarCraft
Bnetd is a program that will eventually emulate a Blizzard Entertainment's
GNU-Darwin Beta2 pre-release
Many of the tools from our upcoming Beta2 release are already available
for ppc and
now availalble for Mac OS X v10.1, and GNU-Darwin-ppc beta users.
Take your pick from several sources according to your
preference and experience. This software is expected to be compatible with the
includes everything that is required for single-user mode, network play, or
server operation. Quake2 soon.
Quit the Microsoft
Experimental GNOME packages
One-step install: GNU-Darwin goes
Update: More packages
GNOME Gnumeric spreadsheets
If you have already installed the GNU-Darwin basefiles, then check out
the thousands of software packages that are available for this system. (pkg_add
BTW: Also check out our Monster News, updated
hourly, and made with GNU-Darwin.
Darwin-only users should consult the
instructions, or try the Bootable
installer CD which now installs Darwin-1.4.1. It is recommended for installation of
the Darwin Unix base, but it also includes the GNU-Darwin beta packages.
The GNU-Darwin beta base system provides the following world-class enhancements
and free software and more!
One step installation:
Over 100 essential packages including:
Xdarwin window server with wrapper
Abiword word processor
OpenSSH-2.9.9 up-to-date security
Enhanced Dillo web browser
GNOME desktop environment
PyMOL molecular graphics system
WordView for conversion of MSWord documents
Xpdf PDF file viewer
Xemacs text editor
Package manager update:
Easy net installation access to nearly 2000 packages
Up-to-date, now tracking FreeBSD-current
Nearly complete FreeBSD-style functionality including:
The GNU-Darwin base installation supports carbon-candy new-world Macs. OSX.1 or Darwin
1.4.1 is required to use the new package manager.
GNU-Darwin beta coverage:
GNU-Darwin GNOME is built with our base installation. Although other free user environments,
such as WindowMaker, are snappier, GNOME brings many top applications to the
Apple desktop. For example, Gnumeric
is a world-class spreadsheet application, and when it is executed outside the
GNOME environment, the performance is enhanced. Check out our new GNOME package listing or try
the GNOME Net Installer. GNU-Darwin GNOME requires a
basefiles installation from the Bootable Installer CD or the Net Installer.
Darwin-1.4.1 and packages for Mac OSX.1!
Together with our other key offerings, AbiWord, Dillo, The GIMP, Xpdf, and
now Gnumeric, GNU-Darwin
provides a complete suite of powerful desktop applications.
The GNU-Darwin packages are compatible with Apple's newly released Darwin-1.4.1,
and we now have
Net Installation instructions for Darwin-only users. Our Bootable Installer CD is now in
beta, thanks to the efforts of GNU-Darwin developer rrp. As you can
see in the screenshot, our packages work fine with the
software which is now a part of Apple's Darwin distribution.
We have recently packaged the latest versions of Mac OSX.1 compatible
(Our older OpenSSH and XFree86 packages appear to be broken.) It is important for
users to upgrade their OpenSSH.
This is a great time to check
out our other
offerings, which are also Darwin-1.4.1 and Mac OSX.1 compatible.
OSX.1 users who are new to GNU-Darwin might like to try our new Net Installer. Just follow the
OSX-specific directions at the top of the script.
BTW: If you are interested in the technical background of GNU-Darwin, try the
It is no exaggeration to
say that GNU-Darwin was built with GNU wget, but this elegant software tool was
left out of OSX.1 and Darwin 1.4.1. Does anyone remember Movieplayer, or how
Internet Explorer munged their first package downloads? By
contrast, it is no oversight to rely on GNU
software, to which every person is entitled. You are free to restore this
excellent functionality to your computer. (It is your computer, right?)
Just follow these steps.
AbiWord Super Fonts!
# su root
# curl \
# chmod 755 wget
# mv wget /usr/bin
have a wget
package, which installs in /usr/local/bin, just in case some bad person decides to
delete your favorite internet software in /usr/bin ;-}.
# wget \
# pkg_add -f wget-1.6_2.tgz
# rm /usr/bin/curl ; ln -s /usr/bin/wget /usr/bin/curl
That last step is optional, of course! Be sure to read the package installation
instructions, if you have any more questions about this.
Only GNU-Darwin AbiWord has 200 excellent royalty-free fonts from
the ports. This
release includes hebrew fonts and bidirectional support for carefree native
language editing. GNU-Darwin AbiWord is
simply the best word processor available for the Apple platform. GNU-Darwin AbiWord
developer, Francis James Franklin, has also been hard at work on this great word
processor. Be sure to check out
his latest work too. Get the
AbiWord release now. Read the package installation instructions here. Finally, a reminder
that all of our packages are Mac OSX compatible. Read the MacSlash
SSH security update
Ports for GNU/Linux $HOME
It is perhaps a little known fact that a large percentage of our users
are also regular users of various other Unix operating systems, such as GNU/Linux.
In many cases, such users do not have administrative access to the machines that
they are using, so we are now offering a special ports tarball for GNU/Linux
users to address their need. This version of the GNU-Darwin porting
engine does not
require root access. Using this software, GNU/Linux users will be able to
run the porting engine in their home directories, so that they can
use the same great free software that GNU-Darwin offers to Mac OSX users.
This special edition of the porting engine is not fully automated yet, but if you are a
GNU/Linux user, you can untar it in your home directory and try it. This
offering represents a milestone in our continuing efforts to bring freedom to
Word Processing: GNU-Darwin
Linux Today has kindly published directions
for using the new ports system for GNU/Linux, and we also have the same
directions in our
announcement. Slashdot is running a thread
covering this development, and we will be taking community suggestions to develop a
list of tips for using the GNU/Linux $HOME tarball.
The world-class word processing package, X11 AbiWord, is now available for
Darwin and OSX. Many thanks to free software developer, Francis James
Franklin, and the AbiSource team for this
Frank is also our newest GNU-Darwin
developer, and he has an AbiWord
installer on his website, or you can try the
AbiWord-0.9.3 package* (also in CVS).
AbiWord is a feature-rich application with XML, perl scripting, on-the-fly
spell-checking, export to web, bidirectional support for languages like Arabic
and Hebrew, unlimited undo and many others. Mac Slash is running a thread on this story.
Dillo Rocks! GNU-Darwin
Make PDF files!
we have provided up-to-date utilities for converting your files from
proprietary formats, such as MS Word, and WMF, to free software formats
such as PDF, EPS, and PNG. Together with AbiWord and LaTeX, these utilities
provide a powerfully advanced authoring and desktop publishing environment (see
Make PDF files below).
can convert Word 6-9 formats (Word 6, 95, 97, 2000) to html, LateX, DVI, PDF,
Text, AbiWord, and Wml.
extract WMF files as PNG, EPS, SVG, ImageMagick, and Xdarwin pixmaps.
provides robust Unicode character conversion for the above toolset.
Tip: AbiWord can launch Dillo for the help facility. Just make the
* Be sure to read the package installation
Several utilities provide a fast way to create PDF files and more from the command
line, with precision control over layout.
Be sure to consult the package installation
Palm Pilot packages!
Run "texconfig conf" first to set up your environment, then try this example.
PDF is the native graphical format for OSX, so the resulting PDF files are
viewable with the Preview.app, and they should display
beautifully. TeX is a typesetting utility that gives you total layout control
for graphics and text, with cross-platform reproducibility. For text to html conversion, try text2html.
There is plenty of documentation for these wonderful typesetting programs in
/usr/local/share/texmf/doc. Incidentally, Ghostscript6.5
for postscript files,
for postscript viewing,
are also now available from GNU-Dawrin.
If you have a Palm Pilot, give these applications a try. They just
International packages now available
Python bindings for Math, Biology, Graphics, Tk development, and
The GIMP 1.2.1!
The latest release of the GNU image
manipulation program, fully working with Script-fu and all plugins thanks to sordid, though no python/perl scripting support. Use gimp --no-shm
--no-xshm to run. Get it
If you are familiar with CDE, you will like this elegant
window manager, ported by our newest developer, sordid. Sordid also has more
projects in the pipeline, as it were ;-}.
Impress your Mac friends with this fine screensaver. BTW, this is one of
our first binary releases in tgz package format. Expect us to go to Beta soon.
Source code in CVS.
More Releases for GNU-Darwin!
AfterStep ASFiles aterm offix infobot DND. Meanwhile, our game
tester, my son, is evaluating some games, and we will have more releases
Fully patched, with PNG compatibility.
Now working for many applications. Thanks to Christoph Pfisterer for his work on the
compatibility library. GNOMEcore appears to still be broken. Join the
project and fix it.
Enlightenment, the premier window manager!
the first contribution
of our newest developer kyozz.
FreeCiv is a popular civilization building emulation game. With its
client/server capabilities, and its positive thrust, FreeCiv is the perfect
addition to The GNU-Darwin Distribution. kyozz tells me that he has more ports
in the pipeline too! Get FreeCiv from our SourceForge
mail client with multiple accounts, on-the-fly spell checking, IMAP, POP3, mh,
dynamic, DBASE, a powerful built in database, and much more.
Here is a screenshot. Get the source
code and make it auto-launch
for html attachments.
for the spell checking, all available from GNU-Darwin. While you are at it, get our new ispell enabled
A fine, multipurpose text editor with capabilities to
satisfy the casual user and the developer as well. Get GXedit from
SourceForge! and many thanks to rrp!
It just might work. You
will need a kickstart ROM image to try it. Please
let us know, how you like it. Find it in the
Read and write HFS formatted disks and disk images. Format disks as
A very nice planet rendering package, and a good Mesa library demo
running on GNU-Darwin. It's fully GL enabled, and won't compile with Apple's
native OpenGL. Look at some art made with Xplanet in the 3D-rendering section.
More releases for GNU-Darwin!
Guile, itcl, readline, texinfo, zip! in our
LibMesa3.4 with glut!
Darwin is now fully GL enabled!
This is simply the best file transfer client anywhere. Get the
GNU-Darwin build from the file section, or from
Also, see art made with GNU-Darwin on our 3D-rendering page.