Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Nov 2006 17:34 UTC, submitted by Guido
Apple Mac OS Forge has been reopened after being redesigned. The Apple's team guided by Kevin Van Vechten has also announced the immediate availability of Darwin 8.8.1 (corresponding to Mac OS X 10.4.8) which represents the first full release supporting both architectures.
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by SK8T on Thu 9th Nov 2006 18:39 UTC
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very very good decision!

I'm very happy to see this.

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Where does this leave OpenDarwint?
by Dirge on Thu 9th Nov 2006 20:29 UTC
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With OpenDarwin gone where does this leave Darwin. What use will this release be?

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Strange that they keep closing it but glad that it's re-opened. I've seen more bad press about the status of the source code, especially concerning people attempting to use it to pirate Mac OS X. People don't seem to get that the GUI parts aren't included in Darwin.

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The GUI...
by fithisux on Thu 9th Nov 2006 23:12 UTC
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is not included and someone can use it to build a Darwin kernel + GNU userland. But is the kernel really open? Pirate MacOSX? Why??? It is unfair, makes no sense since OSX is glorious UNIX and GNU-Darwin offers an open source alternative. But the question still holds. Is the kernel totally open?

Edited 2006-11-09 23:13

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by karudzo on Fri 10th Nov 2006 13:31 UTC in reply to "The GUI..."
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The kernel is totally open- I've recompiled it for extra speed. It's a well designed combo of Mach & FreeBSD known as XNU.

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by ThanhLy on Fri 10th Nov 2006 15:06 UTC in reply to "RE: The GUI..."
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The kernel is totally open- I've recompiled it for extra speed.

That would be a great article for OSNews if there wasn't one already. (hint hint)

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how futile it is to try to block something they themselves released the sources on.

The cat is out of the bag and it won't be going back in. Then again Steve Jobs is an intelligent man, and as I've said before, I think the entire OSX86 "scene" is part of his overall strategy to hook people on the interface (so they'll buy a Mac as their next machine) and get more developers to hack together drivers, making it even easier for them to port the system to generic hardware. Sooner or later Microsoft is going to start withdrawing support again and having a completely ready for generic hardware distribution of Mac OS X ready to go at any time makes for a nice bargaining chip.

Of course, as with all such things, sooner or later you have your bluff called and it becomes put up or shut up time....


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RE: Where does this leave OpenDarwint?
by Wes Felter on Fri 10th Nov 2006 02:44 UTC
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Darwin source code is used for debugging OS X applications.

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