Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Oct 2009 18:24 UTC, submitted by Lazarus
FreeBSD Not too long ago, Apple open sourced its Grand Central Dispatch library, which aids in developing multithreaded code. It was suggested that it could be ported to other platforms, and the FreeBSD team has done exactly that. They have also done a lot of work related to getting GCD to work in a POSIX environment.
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Neato
by theosib on Tue 13th Oct 2009 18:56 UTC
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It's great to see this happening. When GCD first came out, I thought it was cool, but I feared that this Apple-only thing wouldn't go very far. Fortunately, Apple have realized that to get wide adoption of GCD, they would have to open-source it.

I'm a Linux user, but this also demonstrates one of the advantages of the BSD projects. Unlike Linux, which is just a kernel, FreeBSD is a whole OS distribution with tighter coupling between kernel and userspace devs. For Linux to get this, some distros devs will have to step up and port it, and I'm sure there will be some challenges getting the right hooks added to the kernel. Despite the FreeBSD folks doing most of the porting work already, I fear that it'll be a while before this starts to appear in Linux distros.

Still, it's nice to see this kind of really cool infrastructure being developed and spreading.

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