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Apple Announces Open Source Design Award 28

Pzykotic writes: "Apple today announced a new category to their yearly Apple Design Awards: 'Best Mac OS X Open Source Port' for individuals or collaborations. The winners will be announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, during the week of this May 6-10. Winners receive an 'Ultimate' (Dual 1 GHz/GeForce4 TI/DVD-R/etc) Power Mac G4 system with an Apple Cinema Display."
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Apple Announces Open Source Design Award

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  • GNU Tools.
    • Re:Obvious (Score:2, Interesting)

      by bsartist ( 550317 )
      Ummm... Apple ported GCC and friends themselves. They're even working with the GCC team to get their PPC optimization code into the main branch. It's certainly an accomplishment, but I doubt that even Steve Jobs has the bawls to give the award to himself. :-)
    • Apple employees and contractors aren't eligible for the Apple Design Awards, so I'm afraid that the CoreTools group here can't apply for the Open Source category ;-)

      -jce
  • by DebianDog ( 472284 ) <(moc.elgalsnad) (ta) (nad)> on Friday February 22, 2002 @07:40AM (#3050612) Homepage
    All you coders always bitching you can't or won't affords and Apple, here is your chance to get one for free. Top of the line.

    Go get yourself an old iMac on eBay or something. All the development software is free and if you do not win, at least you will have a machine to run a "free" streaming server from. [apple.com] And yes, there is source code avaliable for Darwin.

    Now, get busy you have till April 5th to do a simple port.

  • You know I started with PC's and Linux - but now for every right reason Apple has convinced me they are visionary and have been for the past 4 years. I even had a version 2 Imac that I sold because I didn't use it - OS 9 didn't give me enough #... Now all I want is an Ibook with enough ram to run Cubase VST at 24bits.
  • by elliotj ( 519297 )
    I don't know that the award will really make much of a difference to people porting software, but this kind of encouragement is exactly what the Mac needs. If the Mac can really use all the open source software that is out there for BSD and Linux (and by use it, I mean have it ported to work well w/ Aqua and install easily), then the Mac will become even more compelling. And consumers will notice the difference. If they buy a Mac they are a download away from thousands of programs and utilities. With a PC, there may be more software in the stores, but they'll have to pay for each version.
    • by use it, I mean have it ported to work well w/ Aqua and install easily

      You've hit the nail on the head here. Simply compiling and packaging standard command line or X software is not the same as porting it to OS/X. Don't get me wrong - I have a huge amount of respect for the people porting XFree, the people behind fink, and all the others who are supporting Darwin. It's a huge amount of work, for which they deserve proper credit and kudos. But let's call a spade a spade - what they're producing are Darwin apps, not OS/X apps.

      These awards will go to the handful of folks who have taken the extra step of doing a real OS/X port - with an Aqua interface that's compliant with Apple's Human Interface Guidelines, support for Services, hassle-free installs, etc.
    • I don't know that the award will really make much of a difference to people porting software, ...

      Good God, man, have you seen a cinema display in action? There is a reason Apple puts them in drool-proof plastic. I just bought a house and just got laid off. When I saw one at a job interview yesterday and it was all I could do to not plop down the cash for one.

  • My plans... (Score:2, Funny)

    by D_Fresh ( 90926 )
    I'm planning a kickass port of this program I like to call "Currency Converter".
  • Apple Announces Open Source Design Award
    Posted by pudge on Fri February 22, 07:06 AM
    from the open-source-for-dummies dept.

    Apple IDE Cannot Access Beyond 137GB
    Posted by pudge on Thu February 21, 07:38 PM
    from the hard-drives-for-dummies dept.

    Apple/Genentech BLAST Boosts Performance
    Posted by pudge on Thu February 21, 10:15 AM
    from the dna-sequencing-for-dummies dept.
    Is that intended as a joke? If so then it's not funny. If it's not a joke then I can't imagine what the motivation behind it would be.
  • gtk (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    I'd give 5 bucks to the person who ports gtk to Mac OS X. (no rootless X Window doesn't count)
  • Gimp
    I mean, Fink it great, and the the window managers are nice, but Fink is not a port, and the WM's aren't really needed. OTOH, Gimp is a great open source replacement for the as-yet unavailable photoshop for OS X. Since dividing up a single PowerMac between the Gimp port team might be difficult I hereby offer to take the whole thing off thier hands, thus eliminating any ugly infighting.
  • This is something the (entire)Slashdot open source crowd should know about. It should be on the main page. Many won't see it in here.
  • Isn't it a little bit a limited contest? They want GUI apps only if you read the fine print.
    • It's a contest for OS/X ports, not Darwin ports. The fact that command-line applications compiled for Darwin can also run on OS/X does not make them OS/X applications.
      • I'd disagree with your reasoning, but agree with the conclusion - most command line programs only take a recompile, and it'd be a little hard to justify giving someone a top-of-the-line Mac just for recompiling a program. It's not really 'porting'.
        • Re:Limited? (Score:3, Insightful)

          by bsartist ( 550317 )
          It's really just a matter of semantics. The whole idea of the "Macintosh Experience" can be a little vague, and may not make a lot of sense for someone who hasn't spent a lot of time among "old school" Mac users.

          Basically, anything that isn't consistent with the look and feel of OS/X - that is, any command line or X11 application - is not considered a "true" Mac application by many of the Mac faithful. In their minds, there is a distinct difference between Mac applications, and applications that happen to run on a Mac. So, while Darwin applications will run under OS/X, they're not OS/X applications.

          What Apple is trying to promote with this Open Source category, I think, is the porting of OSS code into "true" OS/X applications that will appeal to the "old school" Mac users as well as recent UNIX converts. It's not really a matter of how much effort is involved; it's more a matter of how well the final result is integrated into the "Macintosh Experience."

          So, while the MySQL team has spent countless hours tracking down some obscure threading and signal handling bugs in MySQL on Darwin, they're less likely to win this award than someone who's spent a day or two knocking together a friendly Aqua client app for MySQL. It doesn't seem fair, if you consider only the amount of work involved, but if you think about Apple's goals, it makes a kind of sense.
  • Darwin (Score:3, Funny)

    by EccentricAnomaly ( 451326 ) on Friday February 22, 2002 @07:49PM (#3055377) Homepage
    So are these to be called Darwin awards?
    • Oh come on, if you're going to steal my joke, at LEAST don't screw the presentation!

      http://www.macslash.com/comments.pl?sid=02/02/22 /0 238216&cid=5

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