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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Drivers and Licensing
by hurdboy on Thu 27th Jul 2006 12:27 UTC
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Darwin's biggest problem: The IA32 versions released prior to the Intel switch ran on a very limited set of hardware (sounds like NeXTstep!). Essentially you were limited to a PII/PIII on a board with an older Intel chipset, and just a few network cards. Because IOKit is quite a bit different than the driver frameworks in either Linux or BSD, many free software developers were probably scared off if they had the hardware to actually get it running in the first place.

On PPC, you'd have better luck, but most of the free software development these days doesn't seem to be happening on PPC. OpenBSD and NetBSD have pretty good PPC support, but that stems from the portable design adopted so long ago. Linux's PPC support, despite lots of work from IBM, still is probably a good six to eight months behind IA32/AMD64. FreeBSD's PPC port has been real-soon-now for about four years now I guess. :-p

And I think people were scared off by the initial APSL. Even though Apple amended it so it's a pretty good license now, that initial problem turned people off. If XFree86 changed their license back to something that's GPL-and-BSD compatible, do you think people would flock back to it? Nope.

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