Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jul 2006 17:48 UTC, submitted by Dark Leth
BSD and Darwin derivatives The OpenDarwin project is shutting down. "Over the past few years, OpenDarwin has become a mere hosting facility for Mac OS X related projects. The original notions of developing the Mac OS X and Darwin sources has not panned out. Availability of sources, interaction with Apple representatives, difficulty building and tracking sources, and a lack of interest from the community have all contributed to this. Administering a system to host other people's projects is not what the remaining OpenDarwin contributors had signed up for and have been doing this thankless task far longer than they expected. It is time for OpenDarwin to go dark."
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by snozzberry on Wed 26th Jul 2006 23:42 UTC
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2005-11-14

From the XPostFacto page at OpenDarwin:

Welcome to the development site for XPostFacto, the software that permits you to install Mac OS X on certain unsupported systems.

I used XPF to get Jaguar running quite well on a 1995 G4-enhanced 7500 PowerMac. In a nutshell, it works by overriding parts of the installer that detect the platform, and then installing substitute kernel extensions to allow OS X to run on that older hardware. When it only ran on PPC platforms, Apple probably found it an amusing experiment.

Now that OS X runs on Intel platforms, the mechanisms in the installer which deny installation on unsupported platforms are a less trivial issue for Apple. Realistically, I can understand Apple's lack of interest in helping third-party developers learn how that TCP implementation works. Had Apple made the Intel switch with the advent of OS X, I sorely doubt they would have been as free with Darwin as they were.

In the end it wasn't that large a benefit to Apple outside of publicity.

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Ronald Vos Member since:
2005-07-06

In the end it wasn't that large a benefit to Apple outside of publicity.

But the publicity benefit was HUGE. It meant that a lot(?) of skilled hackers looked at Apple, and said: "Hey, closed source doesn't have to be evil." and started coding for Apple's platform, and took Apple seriously. I believe a lot of Linux-to-Mac switchers partially derive from Apple's open-source efforts.

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