Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:23 UTC, submitted by wibbit
Apple Apple has bought the CUPS code base, and has hired it's lead developer. "CUPS was written by Michael R Sweet, an owner of Easy Software Products. In February of 2007 Apple Inc. hired Michael and acquired ownership the CUPS source code. While Michael is primarily working on non-CUPS projects, he will continue to develop and support CUPS, which is still being released under the existing GPL2/LGPL2 licensing terms."
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RE[8]: Re: Say What?
by meianoite on Thu 12th Jul 2007 22:09 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Re: Say What?"
meianoite
Member since:
2006-04-05

Darin actually includes nothing interesting like API for Carbon and Cocoa APIs or the Quartz Compositor and Aqua user interface, its own drivers are binary, yet is from FreeBSD

Darwin is not FreeBSD, and *plenty* of Apple-developed drivers are open as well. Just go and check the sources instead of just relaying words you heard elsewhere; your well-informed source unfortunately happened to be a troll.

Still: come on people! Have you *never* heard of NDAs?!?! You talk as if Apple naturally HAD to open up everything they licensed from someone else, from trivial but patented technology, to core drivers!

Sheesh.

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RE[9]: Re: Say What?
by cyclops on Thu 12th Jul 2007 22:19 in reply to "RE[8]: Re: Say What?"
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

"Darwin is not FreeBSD, and *plenty* of Apple-developed drivers are open as well."

Sorry I was under the impression that.

Quote
"It supports the POSIX API by way of its FreeBSD lineage and can run a large number of programs written for various other Unix-like systems."
Source
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_(operating_system)


I'm sorry I didn't realize their Airport drivers were now open.

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RE[10]: Re: Say What?
by meianoite on Thu 12th Jul 2007 22:34 in reply to "RE[9]: Re: Say What?"
meianoite Member since:
2006-04-05

"It supports the POSIX API by way of its FreeBSD lineage and can run a large number of programs written for various other Unix-like systems."
Source
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_(operating_system)


Wow, wikipedia, the undisputed source for accurate information.

By the way, they got things completely backwards. Apple could reuse part of the FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD userland because Darwin already supported the POSIX API through its (original) BSD 4.4-Lite heritage. The fact that not even today FreeBSD is feature-complete on PowerPCs is telling, don't you think?

And BTW, Apple has hired a decent share of FreeBSD developers, Jordan Hubbard included. And if you check the FreeBSD commit trees sometime, you might become aware of very interesting stuff.

Not to mention how Apple *never* refrained from crediting FreeBSD.
http://developer.apple.com/technotes/tn2002/tn2071.html

By the way, if you're really curious about the history of Mac OS X, Amit Singh actually knows what he talks about: http://www.kernelthread.com/mac/osx/history.html

I'm sorry I didn't realize their Airport drivers were now open.


I'm sorry I didn't realise Apple owns Atheros, Broadcom and others.


Edit: ... they got things ...

Edited 2007-07-12 22:38

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