Is this bunk.

Ryan Coleman ryan.coleman at
Mon Aug 23 01:06:15 UTC 2010

OS X is based on Darwin which was, as I understand it, inspired by BSD but not specifically FreeBSD; most like was Net or OpenBSD.

But, you can say the same about Windows, Mac OS and X11 because they were all inspired by Xerox PARC...

Or a brand of tires because they look a lot like another brand, on the inside of the tire.

On Aug 22, 2010, at 7:25 PM, Garry wrote:

> This is a conversation held on a UK group page, can you confirm or deny this
> as twaddle.
> Mac OS X is basically BSD that's been appleised (serious vendor lock-in),
> they do give a little back to BSDs, but have made sure that BSDs can't get
> much off of them, but they can get a lot out of BSD.
> Also, Windows uses  (or used to use) a BSD stack for networking for
> instance.
> So, in supporting/using BDS i would enevatibaly end up writing code for it,
> or filing bugs or whatever.
> (I have assisted with a few Linux drivers and written kernel patches, as
> well as working on things like DirectX 3D 9 for Wine and work on KDE etc...)
> Having seen how BDS license software has been used, to create highly tied
> in, almost crippled proprietary software, I do not feel that I can support
> software developed under such licenses.
> Web-Kit has actually worked quite well as an open system, even though Apple
> done a hostile take over of the project from KHTML in KDE.
> So, the GPL has worked to produce an open product in Web-kit but the BSD
> license has lead to vendor lock-in on the part of Microsoft and most
> significantly Apple.
> This does not mean to say that I have a problem with the quality of the code
> in BSD, I just feel that the license is counter productive.
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