Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jul 2006 17:48 UTC, submitted by Dark Leth
BSD and Darwin derivatives The OpenDarwin project is shutting down. "Over the past few years, OpenDarwin has become a mere hosting facility for Mac OS X related projects. The original notions of developing the Mac OS X and Darwin sources has not panned out. Availability of sources, interaction with Apple representatives, difficulty building and tracking sources, and a lack of interest from the community have all contributed to this. Administering a system to host other people's projects is not what the remaining OpenDarwin contributors had signed up for and have been doing this thankless task far longer than they expected. It is time for OpenDarwin to go dark."
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Ronald Vos
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In the end it wasn't that large a benefit to Apple outside of publicity.

But the publicity benefit was HUGE. It meant that a lot(?) of skilled hackers looked at Apple, and said: "Hey, closed source doesn't have to be evil." and started coding for Apple's platform, and took Apple seriously. I believe a lot of Linux-to-Mac switchers partially derive from Apple's open-source efforts.

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