Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Nov 2007 21:38 UTC, submitted by SK8T
BSD and Darwin derivatives Apple has released the source code to Darwin 9, the underlying open source operating system ofMac OS X 10.5 Leopard. "Darwin is the open source UNIX-based foundation of Mac OS X. Darwin integrates a number of technologies, including the Mach 3.0 microkernel, operating system services based on FreeBSD 5 UNIX, high-performance TCP/IP networking, and support for multiple integrated file systems. Because the design of Darwin is highly modular, you can dynamically add device drivers, networking extensions, and new file systems."
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RE: Why does it matter?
by rayiner on Wed 7th Nov 2007 08:20 UTC in reply to "Why does it matter?"
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The Darwin source code is entirely usable (it's not crippled in any way), it just doesn't get a lot of use. Does the lack of users make the code less open? APSL 2.0 is an OSI-certified open source license. You can download the code, modify it, distribute it, include it in your own programs, etc. The Windows source code is only available under a Reference license, to businesses or academic institutions who pay for the privilege. They are not "equally closed" by any stretch of the imagination.

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