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MacNN: WWDC: Mac OS X Kernel session

May 18, 2000, 20:13 (2 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"This morning, Jim Magee, member of Apple's Mach kernel development team, gave a very interesting talk on the Mac OS X kernel. The session, which spanned literally all areas of the undercarriage, focused on the Mach kernel in Mac OS X, and how Apple has reinforced Mach both from the Mach 3.0 "standard" as well as Mac OS X Server and its 2.5 kernel."

"One of the more signficant statements of the session came when Magee told the audience that the Mach kernel and the BSD layer which lays upon it are inseparable. "Every application [that runs in Mac OS X] is a BSD application," said Magee. "You can't keep the system running without the Mach kernel and the BSD layer." This quashes the public rumour that Apple will be able to ship a "lite" version of Mac OS X which will contain only the smallest possible bit of BSD, or another that questions Apple reluctance to move its tools to Linux."

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