Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 12:00 UTC
In the News Since it's nigh on impossible to produce accurate figures of operating system usage, we have to make do with figures that provide a rough estimate, at best. One such set of statistics are the figures from Net Applications, which tracks the 160 million monthly visitors to its hosted websites. The latest figures from January 2009 have been published, and they show that the rise of Mac OS X continues, as well as that of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Unsurprisingly, Windows 7 did quite well too.
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RE[4]: The linux plateau
by TechGeek on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 18:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: The linux plateau"
TechGeek
Member since:
2006-01-14

There is no reason why Apple couldnt have forked the Linux kernel and done their own thing. The only real reason why they didnt is that they wanted more control over what happens than the GPL allows.

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RE[5]: The linux plateau
by ChrisIrwin on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 19:24 in reply to "RE[4]: The linux plateau"
ChrisIrwin Member since:
2008-12-09

I would think they based it on BSD as NeXT was based on BSD before Linux existed.

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RE[5]: The linux plateau
by dvzt on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 19:32 in reply to "RE[4]: The linux plateau"
dvzt Member since:
2008-10-23

There actually IS at least one valid technical reason for Apple not choosing Linux: Linux kernel lacks stable API, so 3rd party binary drivers would be a huge problem!

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RE[6]: The linux plateau
by phoenix on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 20:11 in reply to "RE[5]: The linux plateau"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

There actually IS at least one valid technical reason for Apple not choosing Linux: Linux kernel lacks stable API, so 3rd party binary drivers would be a huge problem!


Aren't drivers done in a separate part of XNu from the FreeBSD bits? I thought DriverKit was part of the Mach side of things ... but may be mis-remembering things.

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