Scott Sipe wrote:
This is not true--how do you think Bootcamp works? It provides BIOS
emulation for booting windows, and whatever else.
Bootcamp has nothing to do with it. Apple issues a firmware update that
will allow for BIOS emulation, all bootcamp does is hold your hand
through getting windows on there.
Secondly, why do people keep saying that OSX and FreeBSD are
"basically the same operating system" -- if by basically the same you
mean have a unix base, then sure. OSX runs on a hybrid mach
microkernel (and with all the performance baggage this comes with). A
great deal of the userland utilities originate from NetBSD or even
OpenBSD in addition to FreeBSD. There is no ports system (sure,
darwinports is similiar, though far less extensive). Boot system is
entirely different. There's no way to buildworld or buildkernel, etc.
Directory services are done completely differently than in Freebsd
(netinfo?). There's not even an /etc/fstab. One could go on...
When it comes right down to it, the differences between freeBSD and
MacOS X (darwin) are very minimal. No, you can't do a buildworld because
you can't build the kernel source because the source is closed. But why
would you need to? The kernel is already built and optomized for your
Mac hardware. As you stated, the kernels are different anyways. No ports
system, but when you have a plethora of point-click-install software the
need isn't really there.But basic OS functioning is the same, they all
(all the BSDs and MacOS) are basically the same at the os level, but not
the kernel level. Also, i'm pretty sure that /etc/fstab/ exists on OS X
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