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ZDNet UK: Torvalds rubbishes core of Apple's OS X

Apr 07, 2001, 00:29 (49 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Knight)

"The forthcoming autobiography from Linux Torvalds, creator of the Linux operating system and figurehead of the open source movement, Just For Fun, promises to cast a shadow over Apple's newly released OS X, which Torvalds describes in less than flattering terms."

"'Frankly, I think it's a piece of crap,' Torvalds says of Mach, the microkernel on which Apple's new operating system is based. 'It contains all the design mistakes you can make, and manages to even make up a few of its own.'"

"Torvald's comments promise to upset not just Apple fanatics, but also some quarters of the free software movement. The Mach microkernel is also being used as the core of Hurd, a kernel project from the Free Software Foundation that will be an alternative to Linux as the heart of the GNU (Gnu's Not Unix) operating system, originally devised by free software advocate Richard Stallman."

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