Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Oct 2009 18:24 UTC, submitted by Lazarus
FreeBSD Not too long ago, Apple open sourced its Grand Central Dispatch library, which aids in developing multithreaded code. It was suggested that it could be ported to other platforms, and the FreeBSD team has done exactly that. They have also done a lot of work related to getting GCD to work in a POSIX environment.
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RE[2]: Neato
by Laurence on Wed 14th Oct 2009 13:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Neato"
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A bit harsh don't you think? (particularly with the kernel related comments)

Why would they need to port it since MAc OS X is BSD and FreeBSD is BSD ? Do you mean both are not completely compatible and equal in the first place ?

OS X isn't BSD.
While it's true that OS X has a kernel based on Mach and contains BSD code, OS X isn't BSD.

I fear that it'll be a while before this starts to appear in Linux distros.

You failed to explain why GNU/Linux distro would need this at all.

Just as you've failed to explain why they wouldn't need it.

Not really , it's the same old , you can have our crumb we don't feel like developing or keeping to ourselve that you can improve for us in order to get more marketshare because the project are all stiffled by Apple presence and the BSD protection clause ...

Linux kernel is developed In Open Source ...
KDE is developed in Open Source ...
Gnome is developed in Open Source ...
Apache is developed in Open Source ...

Apple GCD let's you have what they consider is worthwile for them that other projects get.

OK, we get it: BSD is evil and GPL is Jesus Christ himself.

Meanwhile, in the real world, FreeBSD gets dtrace, ZFS and jails while Linux is stuck with a half-built BtrFS.

Don't get me wrong, I love Linux to bits (I use Arch as my primary OS) - but seriously, GPL isn't the saviour of software licenses. It's just one of many good licenses available.

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RE[3]: Neato
by Oliver on Sat 17th Oct 2009 12:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Neato"
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OS X kernel is based on Mach _and_ BSD/FreeBSD kernel.

"I'd be a bit cautious about saying XNU is a Mach kernel. XNU is not a microkernel, but it contains a lot more Mach code than FreeBSD does. However, XNU contains massive amounts of FreeBSD code, including countless IPC models, security parts, VFS, network stack, distributed file systems, etc. Saying that "Mac OS X is just FreeBSD with an Apple GUI" is certainly false on face value, but it's not correct to say that the kernel isn't in significant part FreeBSD-derived."

from Robert Watson (FreeBSD)

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