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NewsFactor: Is Open Source Apple's Salvation?

Apr 23, 2003, 00:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

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"It has been reported, ad infinitum, that Apple's shiny new operating system is based on an open-source Unix OS. And Apple recently embraced the KDE project's KHTML rendering engine as the core of its Safari Web browser.

"The question is whether adoption of open source has any real impact on Apple's overall strategy and health or is just an interesting side note.

"While Apple is using open source as the core of its operating system, the company is not a pure open-source play. Darwin, which provides the underpinnings of OS X, is freely available under the BSD license--the same license that is used for most of FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD. And the core of Safari, WebCore, is based on the KHTML rendering engine, which is available under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)..."

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