, Andrew Orlowski
this week’s events at the BSDCon ’02 event happening at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco, Calif. Apple’s Ernest Parbakar shared an interesting fact with BSDCon attendees — Berkeley Standard Distribution (BSD) UNIX is now three times as popular as Linux is as a desktop operating system, thanks to Apple’s distribution of Mac OS X. Mac OS X’s underpinnings are built on BSD.
Parbakar was joined by FreeBSD maven (and now Apple employee) Jordan Hubbard in a panel discussion about the state of BSD Unix, according to Orlowski. Parbakar added that Apple has acquired a lot of talent from Bay area UNIX shops like Eazel, Sun, and FreeBSD.
Discussing the future of Apple’s open-source Darwin operating system (and by extension, the future of OS X itself), Orlowski said that Hubbard hopes to “focus on looking for a better threading mode, and more Kerberos work including interoperability with Microsoft’s Active Directory.”
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