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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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.
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.
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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