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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RE: ResExcellence now OpenDarwin...
by butters on Thu 27th Jul 2006 01:33 UTC in reply to "ResExcellence now OpenDarwin..."
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Right, the recent string of news is hard to interpret as anything other than Apple's development and user communities beginning to crumble.

When OSX first came out, I thought that Apple really had a second (third? fourth?) chance to build a personal computing empire. As we've seen with Microsoft, the key to turning your platform into an institution is to foster an incredibly strong development community. The problem is that the bar for community building has been raised quite a few notches since Win32 came along.

These days it's hard for a proprietary software vendor or even for some commercial OSS vendors to establish a community of active developers when the free software communities offer every opportunity a volunteer developer or tester could ever want. When it's so easy to become an active contributor and eventually take on a leadership role in a project like Gentoo or FreeBSD, why waste your effort submitting patches through an inconvenient and unresponsible corporate filter?

Apple would have had to try much harder and open up more of its software in order to build the kind of community they need to get to the next level. Small ISVs are leaving the Mac platform at an alarming rate, possibly faster than Microsoft is alienating them.

Both platforms will keep their big ISVs, but they can have them. The big ISVs of the future are today's small ones, and they're gradually flocking to free software. You don't think Adobe will dominate their markets forever, do you?

Now just let me zip up my flame-retardant suit...

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Small ISV's are leaving the Mac platform for...where? Linux? Can you give me any examples? What are the business opportunities there? Would it be possible for Brent Simmons (NetNewsWire) or Gus Mueller (VooDooPad) to have equivalent success on Linux as they did on the Mac?

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