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Upside: Open Season: Invading Apple's Orchard

Sep 22, 1999, 15:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"In 1995, when Apple Computer Corp. first solicited the assistance of the Open Software Foundation to develop a Linux port for the Mach microkernel server, a project code-named MK Linux, chances are most company insiders saw it as a relatively benign experiment. What with the MacOS already moving in a Unix-like direction, here was a way to beef up corporate credibility within Unix development circles while at the same time unloading most of the core-level development for Apple's next generation MacOS onto the backs of Linux volunteers."

"Suffice it to say, it's only been three short years, and both Apple insiders and Linux developers are beginning to think different -- er, think differently -- about their seemingly symbiotic relationship."

"Apple's primary interest in Linux in general and MK Linux in particular has always been to encourage a wider variety of operating systems running on Apple hardware," says David Gatwood, development coordinator for the MK Linux project. "As for how Linux will fit in with the upcoming Mac OS 10, however, that's where things become iffy."

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