Two questions about UNIX(r) certification.

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Thu Oct 18 12:53:50 PDT 2007

On Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 01:56:05PM -0400, Rob wrote:

> Dan Mahoney, System Admin wrote:
> >I recently noticed that Apple's new OS, Leopard, is Unix certified.
> >I'd imagine that the big reason that FreeBSD hasn't done this yet is: It 
> >costs a lot of money.
> There was a thread on this a month or 3 ago;  might want to check the 
> archives.  I think the consensus came down to something like:  The 
> certification is largely irrelevant, self-serving to a couple vendors that 
> sponsor it, and expensive, so  - why bother?

Sounds a little like way back when 'Crest" toothpaste used to adversised
that it was the only one accepted as an effective dentifrice by the
American Dental Association (I think that was the name they used) when
they were the only ones who had ever sought the credential and essentially
made up the category themselves.   After several years some other brand
finally did it too and then they all quit using it in their advertising.

So, probably this is only meaningful as long as Apple Spotted Cat OS is
the only one doing it.    If someone else does it, then it won't be
worth anything to anyone.


>  -Rob
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