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Beware of Suits Bearing Code

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While all the hoopla was taking place out in Portland at the Eight Annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) this week, some of us noted the ever-so-quiet death of what should have been a vibrant open source project: OpenDarwin.

Now, from a sheer Linux standpoint, we should not shed too many tears for the demise of OpenDarwin, the almost SourceForge-like project created in April 2002, ideally to develop open source software for OS X. They were also working on creating their own Darwin-based "distro." The project is (still) heavily referenced on Apple's own open source pages, and while not officially under Apple's control, it was clear that they were putting a lot of effort in steering open source developers through OpenDarwin's doors.

Still, c'mon, let's face it, if OpenDarwin kicks the bucket, it's just one less OS for Linux to compete with, right? From a purely pragmatic viewpoint, this is true. But we are not in a vacuum. The closing of OpenDarwin is an object lesson for us all.

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