I use Macports on Mac OS X to install some software.
But there are somethings that I find very strange. For instance, yesterday I installed some app and it needed to get gcc43 and compile completely from source! It took a lot of time, although now everything works right.
I understand that compilation of everything in the gentoo spirit is something nice, but in the Mac case, not necessary. There are ony sole hardware variations, so it will be easier to get the binaries.
I wonder if Macports can be forced to get the binaries when available and therefore avoid these time consuming compilations.