> Its kernel is "real BSD Unix"-based;
> remember, even Apple doesn't claim that
> OS X is Unix. How can you say that when
> the vendor doesn't even try to pass it
> off as "Unix"?
Here's just one excerpt from Apple's main Mac OS X page:
"Referred to by its code name, Jaguar, Mac OS X is a
different breed of operating system. Jaguar combines the
rock-solid reliability of UNIX with the ease of use of
Macintosh...And whether you're a Mac user who's
upgrading, a Windows user who's looking at switching to
the Mac or a Unix user who loves the idea of using key
applications like Microsoft Office on top of a state-of-the-
art BSD UNIX implementation, this is the OS for you."
I think that makes it pretty clear that Apple does indeed
claim OS X to be a UNIX.
You might also check this link out:
Note Apple is listed as a vendor supporting the Single UNIX
> From my experiences, and the experiences
> of friends who've tried to move from
> *nix to OS X, that "real BSD Unix" is
> quite hidden and burried... as it should
> be for a desktop-focused operating
> system. But that's why OS X, out of the
> box, is, IMO, not Unix.
Buried, hmmm...let's see...
And you're off to do whatever UNIX things you might
want to at a terminal prompt...yep, buried.
> Everyone's getting hung up on the tools
> I decided to pick; it is clear that a
> compiler does not a Unix system make.
> But I've been saying this in responses,
> and I wish I had put it in the
> editorial: to make OS X even begin to
> behave like Unix, you have to
> "weaponize" it with the Developer's CD
> (and OS X: The Hidden Manual probably
> helps, too).
How many Linux distributions contain everything on a
single CD these days? Is it so hard to accept CDs have a
finite capacity and they choose to partition them in a way
that makes sense? That is, OS CD, Apps/Options CD, and
Development Tools CD?
> No, XDarwin, which Apple seemingly
> doesn't want acknowledge exists, fully
> supports X.
X for OS X:
Note the URL very carefully. Maybe you won't be satisfied
unless you see the word XDarwin...then check here: