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NewsForge: Developer wants to create GPL version of Apple's Darwin

Dec 01, 2000, 21:35 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

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"Envisioning a bumper sticker saying "FREE Darwin," a long-time Macintosh fan and developer has launched a project to create a GNU General Public License version of the Apple-published BSD named after the father of evolution."

"Michael L. Love, a post-doctoral associate in the molecular biology and genetics department of Cornell University in upstate New York, announced the project this week. It's hosted on SourceForge."

"[The Apple Public Source License] is very restrictive compared to GPL, and the software will not be truly free until Darwin itself is GPL'd," says Love, known as proclus online. "I am somewhat negotiable on this point, because the BSD folks have some good licenses, too." Although Darwin, the BSD foundation for Apple's OS X, remains under the Apple license, Love hopes his project can work on porting the vast library of free software to Darwin. "The business of the [GNU] distribution is to port free software to Darwin so that the GUI and the tools, such as gtk-gnutella and the GIMP, will be GPL," he says. "GNU-Darwin will be about having a Darwin distribution that is as free as possible. GNU-Darwin is Darwin itself, but overlaid with free software."

"So Love says his project will abide by the conditions of the Apple license, and he says he'll be an advocate for the Apple license "until Apple sees fit to FREE Darwin."

"Personally, I consider GPL as the ideal and I think that the notion of a GNU-Darwin reflects that," he adds. "Free software is stepping out to the front in so many ways now ... I feel that Apple must free Darwin in order to keep up in the industry."

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