As a few days have passed already, I'm just jotting down stuff from memory. First order of business was to make sure I could compile all the C-code I've been working with over the years. After talking to some co-workers, I found out I need to install this stuff:
- Xcode: this puts all sorts of development goodies at my fingertips, e.g. gcc, X headers for Linuxy graphics programs I use. After signing up to be an official Apple Developer (Mom would be so proud), I downloaded an archived .dmg file which installed simply by dragging it onto my Application folder.
- fink: this lets me get lots of open source code that I use for some of my software development and scripts that I use in my research. Stuff I really needed to get going was the GNU Scientific Libraries, GMT, ImageMagick, lesstif and a few others I can't remember off the top of my head. Fink downloaded as a tarball and was pretty painless to install. It asked an awful lot of questions and I just went with the defaults but found out afterwards that I should have probably chosen the "unstable" branch but it's worked well for me so far.
That's it for now...