See W. Blair and F. J. Meine, Mike Fink (1933) and Half Horse, Half Alligator (1956).
In computing, the Fink project is an effort to port Unix programs to Mac OS X. Fink uses dpkg and APT (Debian's package management system), as well as its own frontend program,
fink (which is implemented as a set of Perl modules).
Fink stores all its data in the directory "
/sw" by default, rather than as part of the base system or under "
/usr/local" as specified in the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard. Within fink's directory, a FHS-like layout (
/sw/lib, etc.) is used. Fink can be used to install newer versions of packages installed by Mac OS X or to install packages not included in Mac OS X.
The Fink project was started in December 2000 by German hacker Christoph Pfisterer The name "Fink" is German for finch and is related to the Darwin operating system (that lies at the core of Mac OS X), through Charles Darwin's study of diversity among finches.
Christoph Pfisterer left the project out of frustration in November of 2001. Since then, several people have stepped in and picked up support for Fink and as of March 2008, the project is managed by 6 administrators, 89 developers, and a very active community.