Raphaël Marmier raphael at
Fri May 23 16:32:01 PDT 2003

If your goal is to compete with MacOSX, you'll be better of reusing the 
whole of FreeBSD rather than just the kernel, and concentrate on 
building a powerfull, consistent API and user friendly environment on 
top of it.

However, before you start such huge enterprise, you might want to take 
a look at the Gnustep project (, which aims at fully 
reimplementing the OpenSTEP/Cocoa API and most system applications such 
a proper Finder, development tools, etc... This is advancing well and 
will provide the closest open source match to MacOSX. Actually, you can 
build applications for Gnustep or for MacOSX from the same source code.

just my two cents


Le vendredi, 23 mai 2003, à 21:38 Europe/Zurich, karim18 at a 
écrit :

> Hello there,
> My name is Karim, and me and a couple of friends are interested in 
> developing an Open Source flavour of *nix (Not Linux though... its not 
> fast enough) similar to Mac OS X in its look and feel (lotsa 
> eye-candy), anyways we were wondering where we could get the source 
> for the latest FreeBSD kernel (Without having to download the entire 
> set of CD's, else we do have a set of 4.7 and you could just let me 
> know on which CD the kernel resides), and if we were to design an OS 
> around it besides the obvious (Giving credit to the FBSD dev team as 
> stated under the BSD license) would there be any other issues in the 
> copyright/copyleft?? any information/comments/suggestions would be 
> greatly appreciated. also is there any online resource guides on the 
> FreeBSD kernel??
> Thanx in Advance,
> Karim F. Ali
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