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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

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Hi all. I've been a tech for many years and the last 2-4 have been primarily in System administration (Specifically Unix/Linux). For the last three I've been patiently waiting for my Windows Laptop to die so I could replace it with a new Mac. I want it because I get the advantages of running a BSD based OS and I can still get support and quality software. One of the questions I had is are there any groups/communities of Mac "hackers" (I mean hackers in the traditional sense not the medias skewed definition). I don't relish the idea of everything being a complete black-box all the time (I know this is against the typical Mac philosophy). I want things to just work which is part of the reason I'm switching but when things do go south (e.g.) kernel panics etc I like to fix things myself. Input?
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Probably my favorite site for "hacks" or little known features is MacOSXHints. Otherwise, I'd hop on Sourceforge and check out the Fink project, lots of commonly used *nix utilities that can be compiled and run on the Mac. The nice thing about the Fink project is that everything is installed in a /sw directory, and the /sw is added to your path, so you can type in the commands simply, but if you ever want to remove it all, just delete one directory.
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Thanks much!
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I like Fink as mentioned
Fink - Home

But I've been using Macports for FOSS of late.
The MacPorts Project -- Home

I like iclarified for tutorials (includling jailbreaking)
iClarified - Tutorials

Programming help
Cocoa Dev Central
Mac OS X Reference Library
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Some useful stuff
For trackpad/magic mouse additions I like better touch tool.
Great Tools For Your Mac By Andreas Hegenberg BetterTouchTool, BetterSnapTool & SecondBar

getting to a shell easier
Download ShellHere 1.0.5 Free - Open a new Terminal window from Finder - Softpedia

hack your desktop with geektool
15 GeekTool desktop inspirations for the weekend
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