Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Dec 2008 11:58 UTC, submitted by probono
BSD and Darwin derivatives Most of you will know that the underlying core set of components of Mac OS X and the iPhone operating system are released under the Apple Public Source License, an FSF-approved open source license. Few of you, however, will have actually used Darwin in any other form than Mac OS X or the iPhone OS. Despite numerous projects attempting so, Darwin has never gained any significant traction apart from Apple's own interest. The PureDarwin project tries to rise from the ashes of the OpenDarwin project, and has just released a Christmas developer preview.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Phobos on Fri 26th Dec 2008 12:58 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Well... If you take GNUstep/etoile you can make a nice MacOSX replacement out of Linux, other BSDs and OpenSolaris too...

What I would like to know is, really, what does Darwin has to offer that other Unix and Unix-like systems don't?... for example, I see on the release page that pureDarwin has ZFS, DTrace and X11 working... so, why not use OpenSolaris or FreeBSD?

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