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Apple opens Tiger Darwin kernel

updated 10:00 am EDT, Tue August 8, 2006

Apple opens Tiger kernel

Apple has released buildable Darwin/Mac OS X kernel source code for Mac OS X 10.4.7, following rumors that the company was shying away from the open-source movement. "As of today, we are posting buildable kernel sources for Intel-based Macs alongside the usual PowerPC (and other Intel) sources, starting with Mac OS X 10.4.7," said Ernest Prabhakar, open-source product manager for Apple. "We regret the delay in readying the new kernel for release, and thank you for your patience." the Cupertino-based company has also launched Mac OS Forge -- a new community site to support WebKit and other open-source projects focused on Mac OS X -- specifically aimed at those looking to transition from, which closed down in late July.

Apple is also encouraging community participation with a new open-source calendaring server, releasing source code to the new iCal Server in Leopard Server on Mac OS Forge under the Apache License. Additionally, to further enable and encourage cross-platform adoption, the company is re-releasing APSL sources for Bonjour service discovery and Launchd process management under the Apache License hosted on Mac OS Forge.

"Apple is more excited than ever about the power of Open Source development to create value for our (and your) products and customers," said Prabhakar. "I'll be offline much of this week due to WWDC, but I look forward to working with all of you as we move forward to Leopard."

by MacNN Staff




  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wonder if we will see quite as much hoopla over this than when it looked like Darwin was being left to die. Probably not.

  1. aergern

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: funny

    I would tend to agree with this. I read hundreds and hundreds of comments on /. and other places screaming bloody murder about how Apple was taking their ball and going home.. but very little on this. And the comments I do see are " Aqua is still closed source! " etc..etc.

    It's always easy to talk ***t about Apple when then do something bad, but when they do the right thing.. we never hear a good word. Same ole c***.

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Interesting - clients for the Calendar Server include 'Apple iCal' and 'Apple Teams'. Anyone out there know what Apple Teams is???

  1. dru

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Teams

    The name suggests it has to do with collaboration.

    I think they're quietly mining some of the research (not code) of Pink-Taligent as they move ahead with Mac OS X. Collaboration support at the service/framework level was a cornerstone on that system and "Spaces" could be a first step towards the Taligent "Places" UI concept which was much more than virtual desktops.

    Sad reality is the industry is still 10 years behind.

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