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NewsForge: An Open Source adventure at MacWorld

Jan 16, 2002, 07:54 (0 Talkback[s])
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" Starting off on the benefits of the Open Source community, Hubbard said: "When you're working for closed entities like companies and even some universities, you form little islands of developers who can't interact all that much. You can exchange email, they can flame each other, but they can't really collaborate, and Open Source has removed a lot of those barriers."

Asked what Darwin brings to the table as an Open Source operating system, Vixie replied: "For me, what Darwin brings is not so much another alternative to Linux or FreeBSD or whatever, as those systems I have that are running some Open Source BSD are likely to continue doing that. It's the fact that there is an Open Source kernel and utility suite and libraries that will support proprietary commercial applications that I'm willing to pay for but can't run on most of my other systems."

Vixie said that he appreciated being able to run those applications but still having access to the source code of the underlying operating system. 'It doesn't create a viable alternative to the other open systems, but it does create a viable alternative for the other closed ones.'"

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