Two questions about UNIX(r) certification.

Joshua Isom jrisom at
Fri Oct 19 00:45:24 PDT 2007

If I recall correctly, only the i386 version of Leopard is Unix 
certified, so if you're still using a PowerPC, you're out of luck for 
upgrading to a Unix certified operating system.  But I believe a 
previous version was if you'd like to downgrade.

As far as I know, Unix certification is more about interoperability 
than anything else, but there's still the public perception about 
security and stability.  For Apple, it's probably more about bragging 
rights and propaganda than anything else.

Before saying I'm anti-Apple, I'm writing this email using

On Oct 18, 2007, at 12:37 PM, 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.
> 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)
> -Dan
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