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LinuxNews.com: Darwin Continues Open Source Evolution

Dec 04, 2000, 16:54 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

[ Thanks to Bonnie Greene for this link. ]

"When the Mac OS X was released over the summer, questions about Darwin's continued necessity sprouted like grass throughout news threads and mailing groups. But Ernie Prabhakar, Darwin's open source product manager, believes that the post OS X surge is only the beginning for Darwin--and Apple's partnership with the open source community."

"Recent headway made on Darwin's To-Do list includes the full support of Darwin for XFree86. According to Prabhakar, Torrey Lyons at the Mission Research Corporation in Los Angeles's XFree86 on Darwin project facilitated the porting; as a result, XFree86 now runs unmodified on both Darwin and the Mac OS X."

"While technical and logistics issues continue to delay movement on the Intel hardware support piece of the wish list, these problems are being actively hammered out, Prabhakar said. Older Mac support, he added, has been problematic, with bugs and crashes plaguing efforts to port the OS X to older hardware. "The older stuff is not part of the Mac OS X supported family," he added."

"The exposure open source will receive by being the apple of Apple's eye will, Prabhakar believes, be beneficial to all concerned. "I think that's going to have some immense ramifications for the open source community, once they start digesting that," he predicted. "It should be a lot of fun."

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