Two questions about UNIX(r) certification.

Bruce Cran bruce at
Thu Oct 18 11:01:03 PDT 2007

Aryeh M. Friedman wrote:
> Dan Mahoney, System Admin wrote:
>> I recently noticed that Apple's new OS, Leopard, is Unix certified.
> "UNIX Certified" what the #@$#$@ does that mean as far I know no one is
> in a position to make such a statement except maybe the current owner of
> the Unix trademark (sco if I am not mistaken)
>> I'd imagine that the big reason that FreeBSD hasn't done this yet is:
>> It costs a lot of money.

Apparently The Open Group are in charge of UNIX certification - see for details.


> And give SCO a reason to actually consolidate it's illegitimate claim to
> be the steward of Unix when there is no such thing beyond the holder of
> the trademark.
>> That said, if in theory one were to try to get the operating system
>> certified (say, to increase awareness and market share versus the
>> penguinistas)...
>> a) approximately how much money is "a lot"?
>> and
>> b) How far short, technically, does FreeBSD fall from the standard
>> (we'll ignore operational semantics for the time being)
>  MacOS-X is FreeBSD at it's core thus we are ready now (actually all
> that is required is POSIX complience)
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