Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 22:51 UTC
Mac OS X "Apple has now released Mac OS X 10.6.8, the eighth maintenance update for Snow Leopard, via Software Update. The update offers a number of fixes implemented since the release of Mac OS X 10.6.7 in late March."
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Upgrading the kernel (the core system)
by vikramsharma on Fri 24th Jun 2011 12:47 UTC
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2005-07-06

I don't know if anyone remembers that OS X kernel (Darwin) is based on FreeBSD 5.0 and Mach Kernel, is it about time that the FreeBSD part was upgraded too. Apple is making changes on a superficial level ignoring the real changes like the kernel, filesystem etc. Hasn't it been pretty much the same kernel ever since, may be I'm wrong.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't know if anyone remembers that OS X kernel (Darwin) is based on FreeBSD 5.0 and Mach Kernel, is it about time that the FreeBSD part was upgraded too. Apple is making changes on a superficial level ignoring the real changes like the kernel, filesystem etc. Hasn't it been pretty much the same kernel ever since, may be I'm wrong.


"Based on FreeBSD" is something one shouldn't take necessarily as being 100% FreeBSD 5.0 given that Snow Leopard conforms to SUS2003 which would require changes in many parts to conform to the specifications. The kernel is being updated but more or less what needs to be changed isn't the stuff that faces the developer or end user but the underlying code for the sake of optimisations - something they're already doing.

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