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Re: "Debian Within a Darwin System"

On Sun, Aug 01, 2004 at 10:59:07PM +0000, Alexander Solla wrote:
} On Sunday 01 August 2004 07:13 pm, Gregory Seidman wrote:
} eat if Debian chose to begin supporting
} > I can't see Debian supporting MacOS X directly, since I believe there is
} > some bad blood between Apple and Debian. Darwin, however, is a
} > reasonable BSD to support, and any work done there could be ported to
} > MacOS X with relative ease. If the Debian project is considering
} > including Darwin as a supported platform, I would be delighted.
} If a Darwin port were to be done, MacOS X would automatically be supported
} too.  Roughly speaking, MacOS X is Darwin with a bunch of API's on top.  This
} is the major reason why Apple is selling--in the figurative sense--Darwin as
} a development platform for OS X.

I wouldn't be quite automatic. Among other things, I would want
Debian-managed software to be outside the main tree (i.e. in /usr/local
or, better, in /sw or the like). I also wouldn't want or need much of
the software that is shipped with MacOS X, so there would have to be
equivs packages set up for all of that stuff. This includes things like
the X server, the compiler, etc. It would also be very interesting to
have two versions of anything Qt-based, since there is a MacOS-native
version of the Qt library (GPL'd as well as commercial). I don't think
any of this would require tremendous work, just an unofficial repository
to supply the modified and extra packages.

} But this would be great news.  Where do I sign up to help?

I don't know, but I'm interested in helping as well.

} -Alex

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