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ZDNet: Mac OS X & Darwin: All sizzle, little steak

Nov 22, 2000, 17:16 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephan Somogyi)

"Linux is mainstream. No, really. Everywhere I look, not only are Linux and open source equated, but the masses of punditry seem to be embracing it all with great fervor. This is a good thing; it's just weird from my perspective because there's so much more to open source software than Linux."

"The BSDs... run a distant second in the open source OS mind share category. However, the one open source operating system that hasn't gotten any coverage over the past week, despite having hit a major milestone, is Darwin."

"The main problem that Darwin faces is that at a corporate level, Apple treats it in the most opportunistic way possible. Any time Steve Jobs wants to ride on the open source wave, he pulls out his presentation slide that says "Linux-like," and that makes a big impression. It did, anyway, as long as there was no Mac OS Public Beta for the masses to swoon over."

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