Apr 27 2009
With every new Mac and every reinstall you can spend hours downloading freeware. Now a spin-off of a Windows project has a better way.
The MacLibre project has knocked out a speed-installer for the best in Mac freeware. The 10 MB installer lets you select your apps and does the rest itself. The installer comes in two flavors – the standard and an offline version that includes all the necessary installers included.
The documentation is sparse. The included software require at least Panther, but the installer didn’t work on my 10.3.9 install. As with any Open Source project, I’m sure they’re looking for volunteers.
Check out the list of included software, you’ll find many of your favorites.
Once downloaded and installed, the installer reports back and even offers to clean up the mess of downloaded files. There isn’t a category of software left out. The installer also prompts before overwriting previously installed software.
For more great free software not yet included in MacLibre, tune in next week.