Is Apple Serious About Open Source?
Apple is working to improve relationships with the free software community, but developers won't settle for lip service. (Linux-Watch)When Apple announced that it was moving Mac OS X to the Intel platform, one thing that didnt get much attention was that Apple would not be open-sourcing the Intel Darwin kernel. Now, Apple has reversed its course and has quietly announced that it will open-source the kernel after all. In a note to the Darwin developers list, Apples open-source project manager, Ernest Prabhakar, wrote, "As of today [Aug. 7], 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."
In addition, Apple is launching a new open-source Darwin developers site, Mac OS Forge.