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Jul 25, 2002, 16:00 (21 Talkback[s])
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"Although the actual numbers are bit fuzzy, it seems that Sun leads the Unix market in terms of the number of users served, IBM leads in Unix related revenues, and Apple, not Dell or HP, sells the most Unix boxes. Those machines run the MacOS X layer on top of Darwin, an open source BSD variant with a MACH kernel.

"Technically the most interesting thing about Apple's Unix is the use of the PostScript imaging model from NeXTStep within the MacOS X layer instead of the more traditional X Window System-based approach. With Darwin, you can add X11 at any time, and even run both concurrently, but the imaging system defaults to PostScript.

"Like Linux, the underlying Unix for MacOS X is an open source production and, again like Linux, it has all the traditional Unix virtues including high reliability, network compatibility, efficient resource use, and access to a wide variety of lower cost, cutting-edge tools and applications..."

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