GNU-Darwin on Tiger

Posted 5 May 2005 at 13:51 UTC by proclus Share This

We are announcing compatibility with Apple Tiger OS as a strategy for reaching Mac OS X users with software freedom. GNU-Darwin has been the primary advocate of these values in the Darwin community

Our packages continue to be compatible with the various revisions of Mac OS X, because they are built on the same great Unix foundation as Apple's operating system. It is a foundation of profound intelligence, of freedom and openness. They are distributed in binary form, so that no messy compilation step is required, and the software just works. Check it out!

GNU-Darwin packages back online, posted 6 May 2005 at 13:45 UTC by proclus » (Master)

FYI, we have experimentally put the package directories back on line, so that things like One Step and 'pkg_add -r' should be working again. This is experimental because we might have to withdraw them again if our webserver bandwidth gets too hammered. Meanwhile enjoy!


This is a compliment..., posted 23 May 2005 at 15:14 UTC by shlomif » (Master)

This is a compliment, even if it doesn't sound like one. I'm glad you are finally doing free software-related announcements here on Advogato, rather than threatening or announcing the intermission of service of GNU/Darwin due to various political events.

A free software distributor or a developer must always keep the service up, regardless of what happens in the real world. That's because many people depend on the service being there daily and even hourly. These people may or may not share the opinions of the supplier. The free software definition (and the open source definition) forbids the software from restricting anyone to use it for any purpose. I leave it as an exercise to you to extrapolate it to the availability of service.

On a different note, I'm glad that GNU/Darwin will be available for all versions of Mac OS X including Tiger and previous versions. It is important that more people be able to enjoy the rich world of free software on whatever operating system or hardware they choose to use.

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