Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Feb 2006 14:15 UTC, submitted by subterrific
Mac OS X Apple had their pick of kernels when transitioning from OS 9 to OS X, and they chose to create their own kernel based on Mach 3.0. Was that really the best decision or did Apple make a huge mistake? At the time Linux was gaining support and developing rapidly, while development on Mach had pretty much ended two years earlier. This article makes a case for Apple using the Linux kernel in a future version of the Mac OS.
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It will never happen
by Sodki on Sun 26th Feb 2006 14:27 UTC
Sodki
Member since:
2005-11-10

Apple will never choose Linux as a kernel for it's operating system because then they wouldn't be able to close the kernel source at their will.

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RE: It will never happen
by sappyvcv on Sun 26th Feb 2006 14:52 in reply to "It will never happen"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

That about covers it. Thread over!

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RE: It will never happen
by PsychoSid on Sun 26th Feb 2006 19:32 in reply to "It will never happen"
PsychoSid Member since:
2005-09-01

Isn't Darwin open source anyway ?

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RE[2]: It will never happen
by gullevek on Mon 27th Feb 2006 08:35 in reply to "RE: It will never happen"
gullevek Member since:
2005-07-07

not anymore. closed since the first x86 release. And thats why Apple will never EVER choose a GNU Kernel as their kernel. With a BSD license they can easly do that.

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RE: It will never happen
by stormloss on Mon 27th Feb 2006 02:04 in reply to "It will never happen"
stormloss Member since:
2005-08-03

I agree I don't see why Apple would abandon Darwin, it can only evole with other BSD technologies, it can be made to do what ever they want. And of course as you said it can be closed at will.

Then again weirder thing have happen, maybe a linux kernal based Apple server OS may appear, who knows?

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RE[2]: It will never happen
by sithgunner on Mon 27th Feb 2006 12:07 in reply to "It will never happen"
sithgunner Member since:
2006-02-16

Did you know that current kernel is already open source called Darwin? Besides, they are using Samba, BIND and all sorts of other GPL on Mac OS X and they are opening source for those to comply with the license, not that they're getting into whole new area of opening source just because by choosing Linux kernel.

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