"With the release of Mac OS X, Apple is taking a bold step toward a more open operating system and architecture," says Tim O'Reilly, founder and president of O'Reilly & Associates. "The underlying kernel of Mac OS X is Darwin, based on FreeBSD, 4.2BSDLite, and Mach 3.0. This means that many open source tools such as Perl and gawk are available in Mac OS X, and it's also possible to run X-windows. In addition, Mac OS X ships with a built-in Apache server and offers support for Java developers."
"O'Reilly has a superior reputation among developers, particularly in the UNIX and Java communities where Apple has seen a huge surge of interest around Mac OS X," says Clent Richardson, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "We're excited to be working with O'Reilly & Associates to ensure that developers get the highest-quality books for Mac OS X development."
The first titles to be released will include Learning Carbon, Learning Cocoa, and AppleScript in a Nutshell, expected in May 2001.
"Mac OS X is the marriage of a very powerful and stable OS with a beautiful and intuitive interface. The core OS-called Darwin-was built using open standards. Darwin evolved out of a joint effort undertaken by Apple engineers and the open source software community," says Cathy Record, O'Reilly Senior Product Manager. "O'Reilly's long involvement in the open source community made Mac OS X a natural fit for us."
In addition to supporting Mac OS X with books in the highly acclaimed Nutshell and O'Reilly Animal series, the O'Reilly Network has opened a Mac Developer DevCenter to provide news and articles for Mac Developers.
"During the coming months, we're going to see the results of open source ingenuity applied to Macintosh technology," says Derrick Story, managing editor of the O'Reilly Network. "More developers are starting to pay attention to Mac OS X, and that's why the O'Reilly Network has launched the Mac DevCenter to provide one-stop browsing for developers interested in this new technology."
For the O'Reilly Network Mac DevCenter see: http://www.oreillynet.com/mac/
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