Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Sep 2006 21:05 UTC, submitted by oferkv
Mac OS X "Apple has brought BSD back into the public eye by making it the foundation of its Darwin operating system, which is in turn the foundation of the OS X software platform. Apple is a strong believer in the orchestral model; Darwin distributions are skinny, reflecting Apple's willingness to make choices among dozens or hundreds of contenders in each functional category. Apple's selections become part of OS X. More than any commercial software platform, OS X is unified, consistent. And soon it will be Unix."
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by Flatland_Spider on Wed 20th Sep 2006 03:30 UTC
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My only problems with this article is the OS X doesn't want to be a Unix. The only way I can access the system files, without using a weird hack that makes everything look like it's a visible hidden file, is from the command line. That's not really the purpose of a desktop environment in *ixs.

From using OS X for the past year or so, it seems to me that Unix is just a buzzword for Apple to sling around and use to cash in on in the hip and trendy category. It's the Unix for people who are too dumb to use a real Unix but still want to say they use a Unix.

I thought the Darwin project was dieing.

As a BSD fan, I think it's nice that they decided to nab code from FreeBSD and gave it a publicity boost, even though it was really their only option. I'd imagine they would rather have had Linux under the hood, since it is more trendy, but the GPL wouldn't allow what they wanted to do.

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