`homebrew` is a package manager for Mac OS X, in the spirit of Linux's `apt` or `yum`.

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Macports, Fink, Hombrew: Background Processes?

If I install a package manager such as Macports, Fink or Homebrew, how does it affect the startup and running of my system? It seems like the answer should be "Not at all when you're not using them" ...
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How to install software packages on a Mac? (MacPorts, Fink, anything better?)

On my Mac OS X machine, how would you recommend I install command line software and other packages? I've been using MacPorts and it always seems quite slow, presumably because it has to compile the ...