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Darwin, Fink Updates

pudge posted more than 10 years ago | from the for-the-mac-super-nerd-inside-you dept.

OS X 36

BSDForums writes "The Darwin team is pleased to announce the availability of the Darwin 7.0.1 Installer CD. This is a single Installer CD that will boot and install Darwin on Macintosh computers supported by Mac OS X 10.3, as well as certain x86-based personal computers. The version of Darwin installed by this CD corresponds to the open source core of Mac OS X 10.3. Check out the release notes for more information." dmalloc writes "The Fink team has announced that their binary distribution versioned 0.6.2 is ready for use now. It is a bug-fix release to alleviate issues that came up in 0.6.1. Along with the bug fixes, it introduces an enhanced package manager which is now capable of using the finkmirrors.net-supplied rsync and distfiles mirrors."

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W00! (0, Offtopic)

Leroy_Brown242 (683141) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523015)

Man I love to see apple in the news.

Unintelligent designs (-1, Troll)

orthogonal (588627) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523020)

So you're saying that Darwin has been born again?

Fink (0, Funny)

Kethinov (636034) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523028)

Apple: Darwin, Fink Updates
Fink you too!

x86?! (2, Insightful)

neosake (655724) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523038)

This is a single Installer CD that will boot and install Darwin on Macintosh computers supported by Mac OS X 10.3, as well as certain x86-based personal computers.

Does this mean that it's available pc's now, and when "certain" is mention, what are the conditions?

Yeah, i rta, and could'nt find this nfo.

Re:x86?! (2, Informative)

kayen_telva (676872) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523063)

opendarwin [opendarwin.org]

Re:x86?! (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7523113)

OpenDarwin.org maintains a database of x86 hardware that has been successfully used with Darwin.

http://opendarwin.org/hardware/ [opendarwin.org]

Re:x86?! (0, Redundant)

baka_boy (171146) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523230)

See the x86 hardware database at http://www.opendarwin.org/hardware/

The link was about half-way through the announcement.

Re:x86? (1, Insightful)

xtermin8 (719661) | about 11 years ago | (#7527909)

Its still experimental and buggy. Unless you want to spend serious amounts of time tweaking and toying with it, don't bother. Then again, its also a quintessential challenge for "hackers." If you're tired of working on monolithic linux, go for it.

Panth-Wire ?? (1)

EccentricAnomaly (451326) | about 11 years ago | (#7529531)

Or can you install the Panther Darwin version on a Jaguar OS X machine and get some sort of hybrid monster OS ?

????hmmm??? (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523076)

think of me as clueless, but what does Darwin actually look like installed on a x86 box?

Re:????hmmm??? (2, Informative)

ZackSchil (560462) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523093)

Like a computer running a command line version of Linux or Unix with no GUI. Hold down command-option-s while your Mac is restarting to get a good idea. You'll notice what's different

Re:????hmmm??? (5, Interesting)

baka_boy (171146) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523281)

Have you used a normal BSD installation? Think console/shell at startup (nice full-screen framebuffer-based one, though, at least on PPC), and XWindows for your choice of desktop environments.

Of course, you've got effectively the NeXTStep/OpenStep/OS X system environment, which means Frameworks, NetInfo, etc., are all in there, along with a Mach-based kernel-land environment, which is fairly opaque at the user level.

Re:????hmmm??? (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523602)

see thats what I figured, might have to try to install it to see how it runs. I would love to use it at work.

Darwin and Fink. (0)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523339)

Does darwin support sound yet? I didnt see any sound hardware supported in the driver list.

As for fink, its so nice to have a real terminal window, konsole or multi-gnome-term is far better than iTerm or Console on OSX. Too bad the mostly used app, theres no shareware or freeware that on par and doesnt need X to run. And XMMS or Mplayer while a little more cpu intensive is almost the same boat. Really fink is the first thing I ever install on OSX. (Other than iTunes)

Re:Darwin and Fink. (1)

Orien (720204) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523656)

Doesn't iTunes come with OSX?

Re:Darwin and Fink troll (oh no!) (0)

xtermin8 (719661) | about 11 years ago | (#7528076)

iTunes does indeed come with OSX, which makes me suspect the poster doesn't really know what he's talking about. If he wants a nicer terminal, why not install X11? I'm also not clear about the real advantages of other terminals- If the look and feel is that important, you might as well give up the command line interface and use the gui. Seriously, I'm really curious what iTerm.app deficiencies are!

Re:Darwin and Fink. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7542897)

The Darwin kernel has working sound, but the only user-side thing that can use it is OS X's CoreAudio, which doesn't come with OpenDarwin.

Impact for Panther/Jaguar users? (1)

MacGod (320762) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523651)

Excusive my Unix newbie-ness, but what effect would installing this have on a typical jaguar or Panther installation? ie: With one of these OSes installed, could I proceed to install Darwin 7.1 on top, and gain all the new benefits, while still preserving the rest (ie: Mac-specific) part of my OSX installation?

Re:Impact for Panther/Jaguar users? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7523763)

AFAIK the opendarwin release cannot be installed over the top of Panther. You will get all the benefits when Apple release 10.3.2 in the next few weeks so don't worry too much about it at the moment.

Re:Impact for Panther/Jaguar users? (3, Interesting)

mrgeometry (689087) | more than 10 years ago | (#7524331)

I'm no expert, but it seems to me that Darwin is kind of like the thing running "under" Jaguar or Panther.

Roughly, Darwin is the underlying part of the operating system; the rest of Jaguar/Panther is mostly user interface stuff. This is what Apple charges money for---Darwin they give away, and the user interface part is $129 (per year :-) ).

So you wouldn't install Darwin if you already have Jag or Panther. Only if you have another computer that you want to set up with a free OS (and you don't mind installing user interface stuff like X windows), or maybe if you want to set up a "dual boot" thing on a single computer. I could imagine this latter setup being useful for testing, or for servers (normally don't need GUI, but every now and then reboot into GUI?).

Presumably every update that's made to Darwin is also released for Jaguar/Panther via Software Update. At least, I hope so. (Insert here standard comment about Apple being taken seriously in Enterprise.)


Re:Impact for Panther/Jaguar users? (2, Informative)

WatertonMan (550706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7524446)

I don't think you can do this. Almost certainly things would break. Wait for Apple. They'll have it out shortly. (I'm actually surprised Darwin updates are coming out before the OSX update - isn't it usually the other way around?)

BTW - one place Darwin is interesting is in competition for PPC Linux. If you just have a server then you have a lot more consistency if you install Darwin rather than Linux. Further you can test a lot of things on your OSX box. Had I an old 300 MHz or slower Mac around I'd probably install Darwin/X11 on it and then control it from my OSX box. It'd make a good NAT server, file server or so forth.

One problem I have on my OSX box are various searches that run as cron tasks. (Mainly downloading episodes of 24 and Smallville) However when I start up my Mac it is slow at getting the threads prioritized properly. Thus it is about 2 minutes before it feels "normal." If I offloaded all those perl scripts to a separate box that wouldn't be an issue.

Re:Impact for Panther/Jaguar users? (0)

xtermin8 (719661) | about 11 years ago | (#7527803)

This would be roughly equivilent of installing Windows 95 on a Windows 98 Box. Unless you had some exotic old application that just wouldn't run on Windows 98 properly, there would be no use for it. You're simply duplicating everything minus improvements. As a user, not a programmer or Sys admin, there's really no reason to use Darwin. Even then its kind of hard to justify. Don't get me wrong, the project has a lot of potential, but definately not for newbies!

I've been using fink 0.6.2 for a few days (1)

gsdali (707124) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523769)

and it appears to be not perfect. It wants me to install the XFree86 package, whatever I try to install. I'd rather it didn't. I'm very happy with Apple's X11 and the system-xfree86 package that represents it. Severeral things were broken by the update to panther, or rather the parallel fink update, things were fine till I started fiddling. I may wait a while before fiddling again, let fink and panther, or rather fink and gcc3.3. To settle down.

(PS I'd normally take my whines elsewhere but I can't seem to post on the fink-general list at the moment)

Re:I've been using fink 0.6.2 for a few days (3, Informative)

jpkunst (612360) | more than 10 years ago | (#7523897)

Try installing the X11 SDK from the Panther Xcode CD. I installed the X11 SDK and Fink 0.6.2 (in that order) and I haven't been asked by Fink to install XFree86.


Re:I've been using fink 0.6.2 for a few days (1)

gsdali (707124) | more than 10 years ago | (#7524075)

Unfortunately that didn't work, I had installed X11 SDK when I installed panther but I ran the installer again bu to no avail.

Anyway, here's not the place for whining and fink is an excellent project and should be applauded for all it's great work.

Re:I've been using fink 0.6.2 for a few days (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7524718)

It's definitely on the Xcode CD, not the Panther install CD. I made the same mistake myself.

Re:I've been using fink 0.6.2 for a few days (1)

benh57 (525452) | about 11 years ago | (#7526547)

You need the X11 *SDK* (from the XCODE disk, not 'when you install the OS') and the X11 *USER* (from the OS disk). Both have to be chosen custom in two different installers.

Re:I've been using fink 0.6.2 for a few days (4, Informative)

dimator (71399) | more than 10 years ago | (#7524323)

There is a FAQ [sourceforge.net] about this, I don't know if you tried it, or if it applies to 0.6.2, but it worked for me a couple weeks ago.

This was the one that worked. (1)

gsdali (707124) | about 11 years ago | (#7530607)


Confirmed: need X SDK from XCode disk (1)

MikeTRose (694061) | about 11 years ago | (#7529401)

I ran into the same problem but it cleared up after:

  1. reinstalling X11 via download from Apple (Fink attempt to install the GIMP had wiped it out)
  2. installing X11 SDK from "Packages" folder of Xcode install CD
  3. wiping out & recompliling Fink & Darwinports [opendarwin.org] installs (including the /sw and /opt/local target directories, which had some ownership issues)

    I then proceeded to happily & peacefully install the GIMP 1.2.5 via DarwinPorts -- smooth sailing all the way. I am officially a DarwinPorts fan now; not as much detailed feedback as Fink but it "just works" (after two days of hair-pulling).

Darwin is a great project (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7523779)

I really think that it has potential, if more people would take an interest in it. Mach/FreeBSD based kernel, FreeBSD userland, your choice of Netinfo or regular /etc, an OpenStep API, and full source code. I mean really, this thing kicks ass!

The only one issue that I have with it is it's lack of x86 drivers, which is not a fault of Darwin itself. If it supported my hardware, I'd run it exclusively, as every experience that I've had with it on PPC hardware has been nice...

fink is kde-centric (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7524182)

fink would be great if it weren't so kde-centric. i for one would appreciate a little more focus on other desktop environments...like gnome, for example.
their kde stuff is up to date at 3.14, while their gnome is still on 1.4.2? i mean, how many years behind is that? they aren't even testing anything in unstable over 1.4.2. cmon guys...

Re:fink is kde-centric (1)

Ranger Rick (197) | about 11 years ago | (#7527619)

Most of gnome2 (well, 2.0) is in fink, and gnome 2.4.1 is being wrapped up right now. "Unstable" is not for testing, Fink unstable means "it's been tested by the developer and is ready to be supported by him/her." 2.4 is being worked on in "experimental" which is the playground for packagers to work on things without having users complain that [foo] isn't working.

"Fink" has no stance on desktops, but Gnome's packager has historically been insanely busy and didn't have much time to keep up with things very quickly... That's recently changed, Gnome is going to be maintained by a group of people (since it's so big) and things should get updated in a more timely manner.

No one's out to get you. ;)

Re:fink is kde-centric (1)

MikeTRose (694061) | about 11 years ago | (#7529444)

Gnome2 is also available through DarwinPorts [opendarwin.org] , FWIW.

x86 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7524572)

first off.. i have no idea what im talking about.. so dont kill me..

but i know OS X is PPC based.. duh..
but if OS X is running on darwin..
and darwin can run on 'certain' x86 machines..
would it be possible somehow get OS X files and figure a way to install it ontop of darwin..

again.. i am retarded..
but i know some people would probably like to see if this is at all possible

Re:x86 (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7524671)

No, because the non-Darwin part of OS X is only available (publically) compiled. Compilation is the process of converting processor-independent high-level-language code to a lower level, in this case processor-type specific, form.

In order to get the non-Darwin part to run on x86, you'd need the source code to it so you can recompile for the Intel architecture. Apple's not likely to give that out any time soon.

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