Changeset 27433 for trunk/doc


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Timestamp:
Aug 3, 2007, 9:24:50 PM (12 years ago)
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markd@…
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Refine the introduction.

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    77  <para>MacPorts is a system for building, installing, and managing free and
    8   open source software. It is developed on Mac OS X, though it is designed to
    9   be portable so it can work on other Unix-like systems, especially those
    10   descended from the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD). MacPorts "ports"
    11   are definitions of applications, their characteristics, and any files or
    12   special instructions required to install them in files named
    13   <filename>Portfile</filename>s, so MacPorts may automatically fetch, patch,
    14   compile, and install these "ported" applications. MacPorts provides two
    15   major advantages over installing free and open source software
    16   manually.</para>
     8  open source software. MacPorts "ports" are definitions of applications,
     9  their characteristics, and any files or special instructions required to
     10  install them in files named <filename>Portfile</filename>s, so MacPorts may
     11  automatically fetch, patch, compile, and install ported applications.</para>
     12
     13  <para>MacPorts may also be used to pre-compile ported applications into
     14  binaries that may be installed on remote computers. Binaries of ported
     15  applications may be installed very quickly since the steps required to
     16  install ports from source code have all been performed in advance. MacPorts
     17  provides several major advantages over installing free and open source
     18  software manually.</para>
    1719
    1820  <itemizedlist>
    1921    <listitem>
    20       <para>It provides automatic uninstalls and upgrades of ported
    21       software.</para>
     22      <para>MacPorts automatically installs a given port's required support
     23      applications or libraries, known as "dependencies".</para>
    2224    </listitem>
    2325
    2426    <listitem>
    25       <para>It confines ported applications to a private "sandbox" that keeps
    26       ported software from intermingling with your operating system and its
    27       vendor-supplied libraries, thus preventing them from becoming
     27      <para>MacPorts confines ported software to a private "sandbox" that
     28      keeps it from intermingling with your operating system and its
     29      vendor-supplied libraries and prevents them from becoming
    2830      corrupted.</para>
    2931    </listitem>
     32
     33    <listitem>
     34      <para>MacPorts provides automatic uninstalls and upgrades of ported
     35      software.</para>
     36    </listitem>
    3037  </itemizedlist>
     38
     39  <para>MacPorts is developed on Mac OS X, though it is designed to be
     40  portable so it can work on other Unix-like systems, especially those
     41  descended from the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD).</para>
    3142
    3243  <section>
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