I suppose that an open source darwin kernel could be extremely useful
to unix based developers if it is kept up to date with the
OS X kernel. While Apple are keen to ensure that nobody wrests control
of their desktop from them, they would find it difficult to stop people
developing XServers for the darwin kernel. It would be ironic if Apple
ended up helping the Free software movement given their resistance to
share anything in the past. Even more ironic when you think that they
would do it using
Twomey_Mark at emc.com wrote:
>> Admittedly the filesystem is more like NeXTSTEP (So yes it's like Unix and
> uses the UFS instead of HFS+ ), than MacOS 8.x.
> And though I'm sure it's not beyond the means of some industrious programmer
> to hack the UI and replace it with something else (They offer the Darwin
> kernel without a UI as part of their Apple public source program), I don't
> think it's going to be very easy to replace the one on OS X Server and
> retain overall system functionality as it is very tightly interfaced with
> the system even to a low level. OS X Client will have the Quartz layer which
> will replace QuickDraw and that will make it even more difficult again.
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