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Date:      Sun, 05 Nov 2006 20:49:48 -0800
From:      Garrett Cooper <>
Subject:   Re: MAC OS X connection to FreeBSD?
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Lorin Lund wrote:
> Lonnie Cumberland wrote:
>> 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?
> I'm pretty sure that Darwin does not include the MAC gui.  I believe
> that the guis
> used on Darwin are basically the same as found on *BSD and Linux - KDE,
> Gnome, ...

Darwin is the core to the OS; it doesn't contain a GUI, unless installed
from ports. Quartz is the "GUI platform" for OSX.
- -Garrett
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