Linked by David Adams on Tue 8th Apr 2008 16:33 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives "I am very happy about the direction in which the Mac OS X GUI is going, although sadly many Mac users aren't interested in (or don't know about) the "lower levels" of the Macintosh Operating System. Have you ever wondered why the Terminal greets you with the words "Welcome to Darwin"? Why do BSD and Mac OS share certain bits of code? Why does Wikipedia describe Mac OS X as a graphical operating system? Today we're going to take a look at the underlying open source technology which powers your fancy Leopard OS - the hidden core set of components, named Darwin."
Thread beginning with comment 308686
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
meh...
by hobgoblin on Tue 8th Apr 2008 17:48 UTC
hobgoblin
Member since:
2005-07-06

i would say that most non-geeks just dont care...

for them the desktop that greets them when they turn on the machine is osx.

and in a way it is. that and the underlying ui libs and some extras.

imo osx is a DE, just like kde or gnome. if apple wanted, they could probably get it going on linux, opensolaris and any other unix related kernel...

Reply Score: 8

RE: meh...
by arokh on Tue 8th Apr 2008 18:02 in reply to "meh..."
arokh Member since:
2008-01-29

Just a DE like GNOME or KDE? Obviously you don't know much about OSX.

Reply Parent Score: 0

RE[2]: meh...
by sultanqasim on Tue 8th Apr 2008 20:24 in reply to "RE: meh..."
sultanqasim Member since:
2006-10-28

OS X is just a DE on top of Darwin. I can easily put KDE on my mac. I can even remove the OS X DE altogether and just have Darwin + KDE. The only difference is that OS X can't be put on top of Linux/Plain BSD (right now).

Reply Parent Score: 3