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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Apple and OSS
by TechGeek on Fri 11th Aug 2006 02:52 UTC
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I dont really care whether Apple wants to be open or not. Its their choice. But for a company that says they are friends with the OSS community, they do a piss poor job of it. Sure, its not against the law. But it is morality issue. And while most don't think that morality has any place in business, I think your wrong. I think its more profitable to do the right thing by your customers in the long run. This recent article is only the beginning. Look at Safari. Based on GPL'd software, yet ask the Konquerer devs how easy Apple has made it to back port changes. It doesn't have to be black vs. white, open vs closed. But you do need to be consistant. Otherwise you look like a liar.

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