" 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.'"