Darwin is the Open Source operating system from Apple that forms the basis for Mac OS X, and PureDarwin is a community project to make Darwin more usable (some people think of it as the informal successor to OpenDarwin). One current goal of this project is to provide a bootable ISO of Darwin 9.x (the version that corresponds to 10.5.x Leopard). Another goal of this project is to provide additional documentation.
The goal of the PureDarwin project is to make Darwin more usable for open source enthusiasts and developers by providing documentation and by enabling them to retrieve, understand, modify, build, and distribute Darwin.
Frequently asked questions
- What is PureDarwin Xmas?
This is a developer preview to get people interested in PureDarwin and to attract developers.
It is intended to run on VMware Fusion 2 on Macintosh.
We call this developer preview "Xmas" because it contains X11, and after all it's Christmas time.
- Is this close to what the final PureDarwin will be?
Not at all. It is just a proof-of-concept to show that Darwin 9 is alive.
- Is this an Apple product?
No. Darwin is an upstream project from Apple, but the PureDarwin project is not affiliated with Apple. We pay attention to follow any Apple and third-party licenses closely, though.
- Which license is this under?
This is a distribution that packages various individual parts. What the PureDarwin project has done from scratch is generally licensed under the new BSD license. However, most parts come from upstream (Apple and third-party) projects and are licensed under their respective licenses, such as the APSL, the Apple Driver License, the GPL, and others.
- Where are the sources?
Sources for Darwin can be found at http://opensource.apple.com and http://darwinbuild.macosforge.org/, sources for third-party software can be found at http://www.macports.org/ , and sources from the PureDarwin project can be found at http://code.google.com/p/puredarwin/source/checkout
- How do I contact the PureDarwin project?
We are on #puredarwin on irc.freenode.net most of the time, and this is our preferred communications channel. We also read the Darwin mailing lists, especially darwin-dev and darwinbuild-dev.
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