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MacWeek.com: The Darwinist: The eagle has landed

Apr 07, 2000, 06:01 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephan Somogyi)

"Darwin 1.0 is a bootable version of the OS X kernel and BSD layer. No Quartz, no Carbon, no Cocoa, no Aqua. Darwin has no windowing system of its own and is therefore limited to just a single, text-based console."

"Darwin ships with a full suite of tools necessary to start development. A gcc 2.7/egcs hybrid compiler is part of the distribution, as are Perl -- 5.6.0 no less! -- and pico (we all have our biases). Also of note is that Darwin's standard packaging scheme is Debian's, which, not unlike the BSDs in general, seems to be well-liked and underpublicized...."

"Darwin 1.0 is not a rip-roaring, ready to go, high-availability Unix system ready to out-Linux Linux or out-FreeBSD FreeBSD. Darwin isn't useful for newbies, or those interested in getting their feet wet with Unix. (Installing one of the PowerPC-flavored Linuxes is much more suitable for that task, despite the differences between Linux and the BSDs.)"

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