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Date:      Mon, 06 Nov 2006 06:48:28 -0500
From:      Lonnie Cumberland <>
To:        Garrett Cooper <>
Subject:   Re: MAC OS X connection to FreeBSD?
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Thanks everyone for the replay to my post as it did finally occur to me 
that perhaps this question had been asked on the mailing list, but 
unfortunately it occurred to me after I sent it.

So, basically the Apple team took FreeBSD and the CM micro-kernel, 
combined them, made some improvements and added some additional code and 
then used it all as the MAC OS X core (without the GUI of course)?

With this being said, then does anyone have any experience with the 
stability and performance?

My guess is that if it is really based upon FreeBSD then the performance 
should be pretty good from my readings about FreeBSD compared to other 
operating systems.

Thanks again to everyone,

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


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