Linked by David Adams on Wed 10th Aug 2011 17:12 UTC, submitted by R_T_F_M
Apple The lure of shiny toys has helped Apple's BSD-based Mac OS X operating system overtake Linux to become the operating system that is the second most used by developers, according to Evans Data.
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RE[4]: Really?
by vitae on Thu 11th Aug 2011 04:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Really?"
vitae
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2006-02-20


Many FreeBSD developers use OS X quite frequently, go to a BSD conference and spot them.


Just a question. But doesn't this kind of defeat the purpose? Despite PC BSD and DesktopBSD putting a lot of effort into making FreeBSD more desktop friendly, these developers are essentially saying 'no, not on my desktop', are they not?

I mean, as I understand it, some of the Haiku guys are using it that OS full time, and it's still in alpha.

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RE[5]: Really?
by laffer1 on Thu 11th Aug 2011 17:28 in reply to "RE[4]: Really?"
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2007-11-09

I'm also working on a project to make BSD ready for the desktop. I think most of the FreeBSD developers know there are gaps in what can be done on BSD. We don't have native flash or adobe reader. The linux emulation for these is very buggy. Some of us also need to run commercial apps because there aren't good replacements. At work, I use FreeBSD + KDE 4. At home, I'm currently dual booting MidnightBSD + Windows 7 (for gaming) on my desktop and laptop and have a Mac Pro desktop as well. I use the mac for surfing, itunes and email. I could do a lot of that on BSD now, but I'm often breaking things as I work on them.

In short, I think BSD can be ready for the desktop but there's a lot to be done yet.

In some ways, I'm trying to develop a free, open source os x as much as i am a BSD. I'm not going for binary compatibility or an XNU kernel design, but I am trying to get a decent objective c runtime in base, llvm, libfoundation and corefoundation compatibility and have libdispatch as part of the os as well as mDNSResponder. I don't consider Mac OS X BSD either but it's as close as one can get without being BSD. It is running FreeBSD kernel code in XNU using a funnel after all.

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