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ZDNet: The future is... Darwindows?

Dec 20, 2000, 22:26 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Kingman)

"Stripped of Apple's proprietary fluffery, MacOS's BSD core is waiting to win your heart."

"There's something weird yet pleasing about seeing a command-line interface on an iMac. It seems so wrong, and at the same time so right. And it's never been easier to get; all you have to do is install Darwin, the BSD derivative that underpins Apple's forthcoming MacOS X."

"Darwin is Mac OS X minus the singing and dancing Aqua/Quartz GUI, minus the Mac "Classic" emulator, and minus the "Carbon" API for newer Macintosh binaries. It features Apache, Perl, and many other open source cornerstones. And, when you tire of having a CLUE (command-line user environment) you can even install XFree86, which includes a Darwin port for the first time in the current 4.02 release."

"Real honest-to-gosh paid Apple engineers with access to Apple's hardware specs have made Darwin work correctly on supported machines -- at least in theory (I haven't done extensive testing). This is a far cry from the token engineer or two that Apple traditionally marches off into the lonesome Siberia of MkLinux or LinuxPPC land."

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