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Date:      Sun, 05 Nov 2006 21:35:39 -0500
From:      Lonnie Cumberland <>
Subject:   MAC OS X connection to FreeBSD?
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Greetings All,

Being a long time Linux user and now looking into moving over to 
FreeBSD, I decided to so some research on the web to try and get a 
better idea as to the strengths and weaknesses as compared to other 
operating systems like Linux (Fedora, Gentoo, etc..), OpenBSD, NetBSD, 
and Opensolaris.

 From what I have found, FreeBSD seems to be at the very top in almost 
every way.

In my Internet travels, I came across a site that has this MAC OS X ( 
which I guess is called Darwin?) at:

and have noticed that they seem to have built the MAC OS X from a core 
of FreeBSD 5.x. 

Do I read this correctly? 

Also, what are the differences between MAC OS X and Darwin?

The reason that I ask all of this stuff is because if we were going to 
take a distro to start building from as a base for a project that we are 
working on then would it make more sense to take the latest FreeBSD 6.1 
or the MAC OS X (Darwin) as the base since there has been a great amount 
of work on both distros and they are also both BSD based?

I guess that I am still a little confused on some of these things and 
hope that some one can help to answer some of my newbie questions.

Thanks and have a good day,
Lonnie T. Cumberland
OutStep Technologies Incorporated
Tel: 866-425-7010


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