Is FreeBSD a suitable choice for a MacBook? --- WHY?

Dr. Aharon Friedman afriedman at
Mon Oct 6 16:19:33 UTC 2008

Sorry, I meant BSD.

Here is the link:

Aharon Friedman

On Oct 6, 2008, at 11:25 AM, David Sanders wrote:

> 2008/10/6 Dr. Aharon Friedman <afriedman at>:
>> I am not sure why you would want to put FreeBSD on the Mac.  Mac is  
>> already
>> FreeBSD.  Most of the FreeBSD ports have been made available to the  
>> Mac
>> through Macports.  X11 comes with it, and Apple gives you access to  
>> the
>> kernel source code.
>> If you must for some reason have FreeBSD, I recommend using a virtual
>> machine software such as VM Ware Fusion (the are cheeper when you  
>> buy from
>> Amazon - about $60).  It does work very well for me.  Although I  
>> use the Mac
>> OS for all my Unix needs, I have installed a Windows XP Pro 64 bit  
>> for my
>> Windows need.  You could create a Linux and / or FreeBSD virtual  
>> machine.
>> The software will even download it for you.
> I'm just a lurker, but even I know that only some of the userland  
> apps in OS X
> are BSD-based. The kernel is mach microkernel based and not even  
> slightly
> similar.
> I don't think anyone is answering the OP's question, but put simply  
> Mac OS is
> not BSD, and the X11 implementation is buggy to say the least. I  
> wouldn't
> recommend it for most OSS stack dev work.

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