I recently purchased a Mac Book Pro – primarily for software development. As a long time Linux and Windows user I though it would be time to try something new and join the hype.
To work with Mac OS efficiently I needed to install quite a bit free extra software.
Here is a list of what I found useful for my purposes.
Awesome and free:
- Firefox – I like it much better then safari
- Perian – adds support for many popular video formats such as divX
- Open Office – used this under Linux and Window as well
- Google Notifier – check for new Google Mail and Google Calendar entries
- Google quick search box – search for anything from your taskbar
- iChat with Google Talk – use iChat to chat with your google buddies
- Virtual Box – free virtual machine to run Windows or any other OS
- Skype – I use skype since many years to stay in touch and do my calls
- Seashore – easy to install free image editor based on gimp
Free development tools:
- Xampp – save yourself the hassle of setting up Apache, Mysql, PHP, etc
- Eclipse – my favorite development platform
- jEdit – a free editor for programmers, written in java
- Cyberduck – handy opersource ftp, sftp, webdav browser for Mac OS X
- Wget – Mac OS X only comes with curl. But curl does not provide the same functionality as wget
- NVU – NVU is a handy and free HTML and CSS Editor
- Free Ruler – measure things on your screen with this useful little tool
- Path Finder – replacement for mac finder with great features like tabs and split pane
A cool website listing all opensource mac applications