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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Comment by pllb
by pllb on Wed 9th Apr 2008 11:39 UTC
pllb
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2007-04-30

the real problem for bsd is that while they tried to be a good server, they didn't really care that it would be a good fit for the desktop. The linux people wanted both and that is why it took off. "I can play with it at home and hey I can use it as a server." The more linux was used as a desktop, the more drivers and developers for it and that turned it into a better server OS as well.


Actually that's not 100% correct. Linux took off because BSD was in the court room and had an uncertain future.

Edited 2008-04-09 11:39 UTC

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RE: Comment by pllb
by siride on Wed 9th Apr 2008 12:53 in reply to "Comment by pllb"
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2006-01-02

No, that may have been true in the early 90s, but a lot of Linux's success has been in the late 90s to especially the mid-2000s. That success is not because BSD was in the courtroom. They could have easily overcome that early obstacle while Linux was still struggling to work on common hardware and run common software. Alas, they did not, for better or for worse.

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