Intel Macs and FreeBSD?

Bill Moran wmoran at
Thu Apr 27 20:52:07 UTC 2006

On Thu, 27 Apr 2006 15:47:37 -0500
James Riendeau <jtriende at> wrote:

> Why?  Mac OS X has a complete unix freebsd-like core called darwin  
> ( ).  There's no reason to install freebsd on  
> it.  Just install Mac Developer Tools (included in the Applications  
> folder), compile your favorite progs and go.

Have you actually tried this?  Installing ports from FreeBSD is about
50x easier than getting software compiled/installed on a Mac.  I've
been working with the Macs here at the office for a few weeks, and I've
come to realize just how wonderfully well-maintained FreeBSD's ports

I'd take FreeBSD over MacOS any day.  Perhaps it will get better over
time, but I'm not impressed with it right now.

> On Apr 27, 2006, at 3:03 PM, Mark Edwards wrote:
> > Does anyone know if the Intel Macs can boot and install FreeBSD,  
> > now that the firmware includes BIOS compatibility?  Has anyone seen  
> > it happen?
> >
> > I'm thinking of using a Mac Mini as a quiet living-room server.   
> > Thanks!

Bill Moran
Collaborative Fusion Inc.

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