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osOpinion: Vmware, the key to Apple's Darwin

Apr 25, 2000, 05:04 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nikato Muirhead)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"What if Apple computer and the Darwin project no longer had to worry about the thousands of different versions of hardware combinations available on the Intel compatible architecture? Apple would be able to produce Darwin specifications much faster than otherwise. Also, only a few generic drivers would have to be written. Here is my plan:

  1. Linux as the base operating System. Xfree86 as display engine

  2. Vmware (or better yet PLEX 86 ) as Darwin's virtual hardware platform

  3. Darwin as the Mac OS X platform on Intel."
"It's plain and simple really. Vmware takes care of all of the compatibility details, either by using open-source drivers, or virtual hardware emulation (like virtual soundcards, video etc.) Once the underlying Linux platform supports the audio and video, Darwin would also."

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