Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Aug 2006 19:38 UTC, submitted by proclus
Mac OS X Apple is stonewalling open-source developers despite the company's recent release of much of the Mac OS X Tiger kernel source code, according to Proclus, administrator of the GNU-Darwin Distribution. "In order to have a free and open source system, two things are necessary. First, all the necessary source code must be obtainable by anyone, and second the system must obviously be bootable in order to use it," Proclus told MacNN. "Darwin OS is not bootable without the AppleACPIPlatform driver, which is closed source [and proprietary] at this time." On a related note, a slew of unannounced features have been posted to the web, found in the developer preview of Leopard.
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RE: Whiny Witch
by TechGeek on Thu 10th Aug 2006 20:47 UTC in reply to "Whiny Witch"
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I don't care about OS X in the slightest, but he does have a point. Apple tries to sell themselves as an open source ally, and yet they are withholding key elements of the OS from being open. Yes, you can boot the code with their binary driver, but thats not really the point. What if 6 months from now they decide that they dont want you using open darwin anymore and stop distributing that binary code? Then all the work that developers have done kind of becomes pointless doesn't it?

Off topic, who cares if he uses a handle? Most major sites have staff that use aliases during their posts. Check out arstechnica or slashdot or digg. Its the exception I think to see people using their real name on the web.

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