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MacWEEK.com: The Darwinist: Growing snowballs

Jun 24, 1999, 14:50 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephan Somogyi)

"Thus far, the open-source OS efforts that supported Power Macintosh hardware numbered approximately three: MkLinux, LinuxPPC and Darwin. However, last week brought the number of the counting to four: NetBSD 1.4 now officially supports Power Mac hardware.

"While Apple has been talking up FreeBSD recently -- since OS X (and therefore Darwin) is to be synchronized with FreeBSD 3.x sometime later this year -- NetBSD has generally been considered the most portable open-source flavor of the Berkeley Standard Distribution..."

"NetBSD 1.4 wasn't the only interesting open-source announcement last week. The gang at LinuxPPC released the long-awaited LinuxPPC R5, having renamed it LinuxPPC 1999 in an evident fit of pre-millennium fever.

"This new version brings Power Mac-based Linux much closer to parity with x86 Linux and contemporary kernel versions."'

"Apple's Darwin announcement seems to have galvanized various parts of the open source community into paying closer attention to the Power Mac hardware platform, but Darwin itself doesn't seem to be picking up a whole lot of speed."

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