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The Register: Apple updates Darwin, asks for x86 work

Nov 17, 2000, 20:57 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

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"Apple has quietly updated its open source operating system foundation, Darwin, to version 1.2.1, and it appears to come with a plea for more work on the x86 side of things."

"Darwin itself is the BSD-based core for MacOS X. The software can be downloaded free - there's a 135MB installer disk image available on Apple's Darwin Web site - and will run on any MacOS X Public Beta-compatible machine, which is pretty much all modern G3 and G4 Macs, with the exception of one or two PowerBook models."

"Alongside the update, Apple has posted a Darwin 'to do' list, top of which is support for older Mac models. Then there's this:

The Intel support in Darwin is largely dormant and hasn't been exercised much since Rhapsody. Getting Darwin installation working on Intel is the first problem. Getting it running is second. We have some experience with this; we'll need to dig up some old tools at Apple to help this get rolling."

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