Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Jul 2006 17:56 UTC, submitted by Charles Gray
BSD and Darwin derivatives Darbat, the L4/Darwin port, has just had its second public release. Darbat Release 0.2 boots natively on Apple Intel EFI hardware and offers binary compatibility with Intel OS X applications and IOKit device drivers. Simple Darbat system call performance is comparable with that of Mac OS X 10.4.6. You can download the source or a binary distribution to boot a simple demo on hardware. The release notes contain an overview of the Darbat design and implementation.
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Seems awesome
by Jedd on Wed 12th Jul 2006 18:32 UTC
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Pretty cool, only complaint I have is why do they feel is nesessary to put the release notes in .PDF format? Why not HTML?

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Now, can (for instance) NetBSD...
by Tuishimi on Wed 12th Jul 2006 19:21 UTC
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...take the EFI boot code and make use of it? I know it is a different kernel, but I would imagine the bulk of the code is more-or-less generic and could be molded to fit the BSD kernels? I would love to see FreeBSD/NetBSD boot natively and easily on my mini core duo. That and getting airport extreme to work.

They say that the system call performance is on par with mac os x but... wouldn't part of the reason for doing this be to resolve some of the lock issues that have been recorded (ars technica I think it was) for server-based applications?

Ah well, very cool anyway!

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Amusing line from release notes
by snozzberry on Wed 12th Jul 2006 22:12 UTC
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To boot Darbat you need an Intel Mac machine to boot on, called the victim.

Sign me up!

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OK it is not a problem to..
by fithisux on Thu 13th Jul 2006 08:13 UTC
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take a mac-mini, refund back OSX and run darwin on L4 because it has all the apps I need. Neither Apple looses, nor I. Apple can make a distribution of Darbat ( Darwin on L4) like Novell, for x86 architecture, AMD/Intel/Via. It is not a problem to run Darbat with nice OpenDarwin apps on an Apple Celeron-D. I think it is a win-win for Apple.

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by th22 on Thu 13th Jul 2006 14:03 UTC
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...and offers binary compatibility with Intel OS X applications...
is wrong !!! At least I would understand this as I can run all OS-X applications, like photo shop, office etc. ;-)

correct is:
Most text-mode binary applications off an Intel Mac will run.

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by PowerMacX on Sat 15th Jul 2006 22:29 UTC
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Please, add a (warning:PDF) note next to the release notes link, or something to that effect.

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