To install GNU Octave on a Mac is not as easy as on Microsoft Windows® or GNU/Linux.
Ready-to-use App bundles are outdated and/or do not run reliably. The installation with a package manager as MacPorts or Home Brew does not work out-of-the-box.
This How-To describes how to install Octave 3.8.2 with MacPorts (Version 2.3.4) on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan). It shows how to avoid pitfalls and workaround bugs. Finally it gives some hints regarding configuration.
For security reasons a lot of professional users work with standard user privileges. Nevertheless installations, updates, etc can be done by the administrator entering the administrator password without log out and log in as an dedicated administrator. There is one exception: Java.
To add another language in the spell checker of the markdown editor MdCharm in Windows or GNU/Linux, download the desired dictionary (*.oxt) of OpenOffice. Unzip it with e.g. 7-Zip (Windows) or e.g. Roller (GNU/Linux) and copy the aff– and dict-files to the folder “spellcheckdict” of the MdCharm installation.
In Ubuntu Java apps which use Swing’s GTK Look and Feel (LaF) do not appear as native applications.
The menus does not have borders and do not appear as app menus on the top of the screen nor provide HUD support. The fonts on buttons and dialog boxes are thinner and do not match to the native look and feel.
GPS Logger, measuring devices and similar instruments are connected via serial cable to a computer. To find out the correct device name is cumbersome.
ShowAllPorts specify all real and virtual serial ports on the machine. It cooperates with in-built ports as well as with USB-to-RS-232 adapters. It recognizes the last connected RS-232 adapter if desired and shows if the port is busy or not. ShowAllPorts is cross-platform and works on Microsoft Windows®, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X® and Solaris.