MAC OS X connection to FreeBSD?

Lorin Lund wbs at
Mon Nov 6 04:14:46 UTC 2006

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, ...
> 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
> Email: Lonnie at
>      Lonnie_Cumberland at
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