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ZDNet: Hands on with Darwin 1.0

Apr 13, 2000, 18:43 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephan Somogyi)

"What it is: Darwin 1.0 is a bootable version of the OS X kernel and Berkeley Standard Distribution (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."

"Not to be overlooked, Darwin-for-x86 apparently compiles, but getting it running is another matter entirely. A fair number of drivers will need to be written to support various bits of x86 hardware. Easily excitable media entities take note: A considerable chasm exists between compiling code successfully and delivering a functioning operating system."

"What it isn't: 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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