Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jun 2012 16:58 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes So, I've been sitting on this one for a few days now, since I decided to let the sensationalist headlines pass by before I took a stab at it. Developer Christina B. has started - and released code for - an amazingly intriguing project: implementing Darwin/BSD on top of the Linux kernel. Just to make this absolutely clear: it's not her intention to allow iOS applications to run on this new, hybrid system. Let me reiterate: it's not her intention to allow iOS applications to run on this new, hybrid system. This, however, does not make this project any less interesting.
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What for?
by jessesmith on Mon 11th Jun 2012 20:19 UTC
jessesmith
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2010-03-11

The article mentions (repeated) what the project isn't designed to do, but I was curious as to what the goal of the project was. I mean, why create a software stack compatible with iPhone 1.0? The project page has this to say:

"This is a very weird project. You may ask, why am I doing this? The answer is: no f*cking idea ;) "

I think coding for coding's sake is awesome. That's great. But I guess I'm surprised someone went to all this trouble without a goal in mind.

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RE: What for?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 12th Jun 2012 01:50 in reply to "What for?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Ok, that's probably the worlds' best reason why to do anything. As such, I'll cut her some slack. I personally dislike darwin/bsd userland, but admire the kernel.

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RE[2]: What for?
by zima on Tue 12th Jun 2012 05:56 in reply to "RE: What for?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Kernel of this project or of darwin/bsd? ;p Assuming the latter - isn't it some weird mix of Mach and BSD, despite hybridization still with not too stellar performance? (or maybe this bit, that I recall, was just something about the archaic Mac file system)

Edited 2012-06-12 05:56 UTC

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RE: What for?
by SeeM on Wed 13th Jun 2012 11:52 in reply to "What for?"
SeeM Member since:
2011-09-10

So what would you think about this guy: http://dabeaz.blogspot.com/2011/01/porting-py65-and-my-superboard-t... ? Emulator of 30 years old machine, "modem" for connecting sound card and Superboard, storing instances of Superboard (essentially MS Basic) on the net.

Sometimes people has useless ideas. But if they are porting several Python2 modules to Python3 in the process, let them have it. THEY ARE AWESOME. I'll bet that ios project will provide at least some patches for the Linux kernel.

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