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 siride on Tue 8th Apr 2008 23:20 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: meh..."
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A desktop environment is just a set of apps and a window manager running on top of a more or less complete OS. OS X minus darwin is equivalent to GNU + X + Toolkits + DE + a number of other technologies in the Linux userland (like DBus, HAL, the variety of daemons needed, etc.). Darwin is pretty much just the kernel and a few other things.

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