Linked by David Adams on Tue 8th Apr 2008 16:33 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives "I am very happy about the direction in which the Mac OS X GUI is going, although sadly many Mac users aren't interested in (or don't know about) the "lower levels" of the Macintosh Operating System. Have you ever wondered why the Terminal greets you with the words "Welcome to Darwin"? Why do BSD and Mac OS share certain bits of code? Why does Wikipedia describe Mac OS X as a graphical operating system? Today we're going to take a look at the underlying open source technology which powers your fancy Leopard OS - the hidden core set of components, named Darwin."
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RE[5]: meh...
by bogomipz on Wed 9th Apr 2008 06:47 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: meh..."
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For a start, Aqua doesn't run on X11. When you run KDE on Mac OS X, you need to start an X server. OS X does not run the X11 server under normal use. Instead, the GUI is based on Apple's own display technology called Quartz.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartz_(graphics_layer)

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