Steve Jobs: an early open source pioneer? You bet. Mac OSX is based on Darwin, an open source OS made available by Apple in 2000 that incorporated code from NextStep, BSD and other free software projects, Wikipedia notes. Darwin still lives on in the form of PureDarwin and other derivatives.
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If you want security coupled with flexibility and some good old-fashioned command line action in your UNIX of choice, look no further than OpenBSD.
Version 4.4 of the popular BSD descendant promises support for new hardware, upgrade process changes and new applications
Linux creator Linus Torvalds has labelled makers of the rival OpenBSD operating system a "bunch of masturbating monkeys" in a wider critique of what he said was self-centred behaviour in the IT security industry.
A Unix developer has discovered and fixed a filesystem bug in Berkeley Software Distribution, a widely used, open-source, Unix-like operating system, discovering in the process that the bug was at least 25 years old.
A Unix developer has discovered a bug in the BSD operating system that has been passed down to all its variants, including OpenBSD and Mac OS X
A Unix developer has discovered a bug in the BSD operating system that has been passed down to all its variants, including OpenBSD and Mac OS X.
Landon Fuller, a former engineer in Apple's BSD Technology Group, believes there's a place for immediate, third-party patches when there's a legitimate threat of code execution attacks. Now, he's mulling a plan to expand the month-of-Apple-fixes initiative.
AVG developing anti-virus app for Mac OS X
Open source consortia may be uncommercial, uncontrollable and only borderline sustainable. But they catalyse far more worth than they cost
Amid all the hoopla about Nokia tying up with Apple and open source, developing a version of the Safari browser for its Series 60 cell phones, what has not been mentioned is its impact on the continuing BSD vs. GPL debate.
Developers of the highly portable operating system have made a plea for users to donate "cold, hard cash" to the open source project.In an e-mail to NetBSD's community, spokesperson Thor Lancelot Simon said the money would be used to upgrade the hardware infrastructure facilitating development of the project, a Unix variant which aims to run on as many platforms as possible.
The next version of the secure BSD-based operating system supports multiple processors for both AMD64 and i386-compatible hardware
Until recently, no user or enterprise would give a second thought to Apple as a server vendor. Larry Seltzer thinks that with its BSD underpinnings, OS X Server earns credibility right out of the gate.
Linux isn't the only Unix-based alternative to Windows and Mac OS out there. The BSD OSes--FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD--also offer a non-Microsoft, non-Apple option.
I've tried to be neutral whenever I've encountered any of the (not so) great debates between the GNU and BSD approaches to licensing. I've previously given positive attention to the OpenBSD and FreeBSD projects, and I thought (and still think) that the merger of the companies behind FreeBSD and BSDI was a pretty good idea.
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