Why I switched from MacPorts to Homebrew
This is my unscientific observations about and the reasons I switched from MacPorts to Homebrew. Some of this reasons are no doubt subjective. But that doesn’t mean they are not important to me.
- /usr/local is a better location for installing software on a BSD-based Unix system than /opt (we can argue about this ad nauseam, but the record has been set straight decades ago)
- Homebrew trusts the sanity of the OSX rather than try to bring its own bits, which nowadays is a better, more economical approach
- it is much easier to contribute recipes to Homebrew
- Homebrew is easier to integrate into custom DevOps contraptions
- Homebrew has a real sense of community and this is important for OSS
- Homebrew is lighter
- Homebrew uses Git throughout which makes installing, upgrading and hacking it a lot easier
- Homebrew feels a lot more open
- the cost of trying Homebrew is negligible
July 11, 2013
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