So in a dark, dingy corner of the interwebs where kiddies like me hang out and occasionally grunt while writing software the problems of the world are discussed (and solved, mind you). Well perhaps not, but we did see Stephen's introduction to and celebration of Free Software, GNU and all these good things.
The thing that intrigued us in particular was the rather nice piece of hardware that Stephen had beside him, namely the Apple Macbook Air.
The question is:
Is this laptop running some version of Apple's OSX (presumably 10.5) or is it running some version of Gnu/Linux, gNewSense, Debian, Fedora or what have you?
We have all the speculation on the issue that anyone could possibly want, including a maverick who thinks someone with the taste and distinction of our Mr Fry would obviously be running NetBSD (another entirely free operating system if you've not heard of it). Further speculation? Well why not join the fun. Poll attached.
Anyway I thought well why not ask? You never know maybe a definitive answer might be forthcoming...
If you were not aware OSX has rather a lot of code that it has taken from the FreeBSD project so some large chunk of OSX itself is Free Software. It is usually lacking code for the important drivers, eg the ones that drive the video and all the code that makes the pretty max user interface work. Free version is here:
And indeed a lot of the software that ships with OSX, like the compilers, script interpreters, shells, the chess program, the web browser and the program that allows it to see windows shared drives is Free software, most of it developed outside apple and predating OSX.