Thursday, February 23, 2006

A Brief History of Apple's Open Source Efforts

"Even with all these detriments, it was still possible for a determined individual to work with Apple developers and make meaningful contributions to the project. However, this was not to last. Something happened that caused Apple to get defensive and start removing some of the transparency: success. Apple started developing a developer base around Darwin that was fixing bugs and helping the product. They also got users interested and involved, following commits, bug reports, and mailing lists."

No matter.

They've peaked.


At best, they picked the wrong company to partner with. At worst, they'll exit the hardware or software business in an effort to hit the bigtime, then wonder what happened to them when whatever business they decide to stick with evaporates.

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