In June 2001 after the first public release of MacOS X shipped (10.0).
Archive founder Chris Roberts needed several GNU tools to continue working
on several projects for his employer at the time (Franklin covey, Franklinplanner.com)..
At this point in time little or no open source software packages had been
made for Mac OS X. After spending approximately a week compiling some
twenty tools including XFree86 it was apparent that there was a need for
easy-to-use binary distributions of open source software.
A small archive of twenty packages was created and placed on Chris Roberts's
family website. Within a week over a hundred thousand downloads had occurred
pointing to a real need for an archive of free software. The archive grew
to more than 10,000 software packages over the next nine months.
For a short period of time the archive produced CD distributions of its
software packages to provide funds for distribution hardware bandwidth
and domain registration fees.
OSXGNU is still committed to the average Mac User not the "unix geek"
this is why most of the distributions on site are in apple package format.
It became apparent early on and that the package format that Apple had
adopted originally was quite powerful but was missing several tools currently
namely un-installation and dependency checking. These problems where the
birth of The OSXPM project which has enjoyed a little over a hundred thousand
downloads to date.
The archive is still maintained and operated by Chris Roberts and is mirrored
in many countries.
In late 2003 it became apparent that the old Web-site was becoming too
difficult to maintain. Thus a new and more easily maintained database
driven site was conceived and implemented.
OSXGNU Has grown over the years and will continue to grow and evolve as
Darwin and Mac OS X evolve.
OSXGNU Contact Information:
You may always contact the maintainers of the archive by sending mail
sending snail-mail to: OSXGNU.ORG 267 W Amanda Lynn lane Midvale Utah USA 84047
Individual package maintainers may be reached via the form provided by clicking on the maintainers name in the package listing.
OSXGNU Is commited to maintaining the privacy of our users and maintainers
no e-mail address will be released by OSXGNU to any commercial or private
This policy is not subject to change.