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."
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RE[5]: meh...
by nevali on Tue 8th Apr 2008 22:35 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: meh..."
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So why isn't OSX just a DE?

The same reason “Red Hat Linux” isn't just a DE.

Mac OS X is the entire operating system. Darwin makes up a part of it. If nothing else, there are a fair few non-DE-related technologies which you only get in Mac OS X and don't exist in Darwin, not to mention all of the development frameworks which aren't intrinsically tied to graphical applications.

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