GNU-Darwin – a project that ports packages of free software to Darwin.
Darwin is an open-source Unix operating system first released by Apple Inc. in 2000. It is composed of code developed by Apple, as well as code derived from NeXTSTEP, BSD, Mach, and other free software projects.
The GNU-Darwin project mission is two-fold: focus on new projects that leverage the unique capabilities of Darwin/Mach, and help Apple users to enjoy the benefits of free software.
The GNU-Darwin Distribution is an amalgamation of the Darwin and GNU operating systems and a large collection of free software compatible with Darwin and Mac OS X. We are commited to Darwin as a free OS, Mac OS X compatibility, and helping users attain the benefits of software freedom.
Founded in November 2000 by proclus, The ports system and package management system were adapted from FreeBSD in order to bring Unix software to Darwin / MacOSX on PowerPC and also on the Intel and AMD x86 architecture.
In 2002, GNU-Darwin extended its services to full-featured mail accounts (with POP, IMAP and webmail support), Web Hosting and file sharing with an original web interface that provides users an easy way to manage their site and, since 2003, shell accounts on a Darwin x86 ssh server.
GNU-Darwin has always been very strident regarding software freedom and dedicated to concrete progress in this direction while concurrently defending digital liberties in general.
The most convenient way to install the distribution is to use the GNU-Darwin Office cd for ppc and x86.
These are NOT bootable cds, they install the distribution (over 250 applications and libraries) on an existing Darwin system.
Requires either Darwin 7 or 8, or MacOS 10.3 or 10.4.