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Tucows Linux News: BSD and Mac OS X

Sep 03, 2000, 18:32 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Hubbard)

"Some of you may have heard that the new Macintosh operating system, known as Mac OS X (as in 10), is based on BSD in some way or another. I know I have heard this many times, and I have been curious as to exactly how related they are."

"The Macintosh site for Mac OS X claims that it is "Built on core-open technologies like Mach, BSD and 100 percent pure Java." This seems funny to me, partly because there is a black NeXT machine sitting on the floor behind me (serving its only real useful purpose now - that of a paper weight) which also features a Mach kernel and a BSD environment. More importantly though, it was also created by the genius of Steve Jobs, much like this new innovation."

"Only today could a company like Apple, which prides itself on ease of use, create a new operating system based on UNIX. Yes, UNIX has always been very network oriented, and with the success of Linux, perhaps the world is ready for an everyday BSD system. It really doesn't matter who makes a BSD- or UNIX-like system easy to use, but it will take an already successful company like Apple to get people to buy it."

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