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    Packages installation for PowerPC (Darwin 7 / MacOSX Panther)

    There are many ways to begin installing pakages from The GNU-Darwin distribution :
    • Install the GNU-Darwin Distribution 1.1
      The base distribution includes around 250 essential packages, many useful libraries, applications and window managers.
      It is a good place to start if you are not really sure what you need.
    • There are also many possibilities through CD-R, DVD-R and pre-installed hard drives available at the store.
      This is the best option for complete setups and for dial-up connections.
    • If you are a Darwin-x86 user, then consult the GNU-Darwin installation notes for Intel users.
    Install the distribution

    The distribution consists of the GNU-Darwin package manager plus 250 packages: applications, libraries and utilities.

    Get the installer at Sourceforge

    GNU-Darwin Office

    A very interresting offer on CD-R which installs the base distribution and many other interresting packages, a total of 187 packages including the Gimp, OpenOffice and Mozilla which are not included in the base distribution because of the hudge download size involved.

    Once you are done with either method, you can start using the package system

    You may install new packages using pkg_add

    pkg_add -rf openoffice (fetch package and installs it)
    pkg_add -f gimp-1.2.2_2.tgz (installs a local package)
    man pkg_add (for a complete list of options)
    You may also want to look at the downloads page which tracks interresting new packages releases.

    You can also get informations about installed packages using pkg_info

    pkg_info (shows short infos on all installed packages)
    pkg_info -f wget-1.8.2_1 (shows what was installed where in this package)
    man pkg_info (for a complete list of options)
    and you can also look in /var/db/pkg which contains the database of all installed packages.

    Donate: If you appreciate the work that GNU-Darwin is doing, then please consider contributing to the Distribution. Everyone can help.

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