"When the Mac OS X was released over the summer, questions about
Darwin's continued necessity sprouted like grass throughout news
threads and mailing groups. But Ernie Prabhakar, Darwin's open
source product manager, believes that the post OS X surge is only
the beginning for Darwin--and Apple's partnership with the open
"Recent headway made on Darwin's To-Do list includes the full
support of Darwin for XFree86. According to Prabhakar, Torrey Lyons
at the Mission Research Corporation in Los Angeles's XFree86 on
Darwin project facilitated the porting; as a result, XFree86 now
runs unmodified on both Darwin and the Mac OS X."
"While technical and logistics issues continue to delay movement
on the Intel hardware support piece of the wish list, these
problems are being actively hammered out, Prabhakar said. Older Mac
support, he added, has been problematic, with bugs and crashes
plaguing efforts to port the OS X to older hardware. "The older
stuff is not part of the Mac OS X supported family," he added."
"The exposure open source will receive by being the apple of
Apple's eye will, Prabhakar believes, be beneficial to all
concerned. "I think that's going to have some immense ramifications
for the open source community, once they start digesting that," he
predicted. "It should be a lot of fun."
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