System Profiler and Kernel Version

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by RogueLdr, Oct 1, 2002.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    People's Republic of Ann Arbor
    Apple System Profiler reports a Kernel Version of:
    Darwin Kernel Version 6.1: Fri Sep 6 23:24:34 PDT 2002; root:xnu/xnu-344.2.obj~2/RELEASE_PPC

    This RELEASE_PPC is intruiging to me. Of course it is a release version for PPC, that is all Apple uses. Is this an indicator or placeholder for what is to come, when there will be a distinction between a PPC and "Processor-X" version of the Kernel? If there is another thread that delves into this topic, I have missed it and feel free to point me in the right direction.

  2. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Darwin Runs On x86

    Darwin, the BSD level kernel layer in OS X is open source and has been available for x86 for as long as OS X has been available. This is not really anything to be surprised about. It's only the layers above the kernel (that really make OS X more than just another Unix) that are not (publically) available on other platforms. Darwin itself is ultra portable and probably compiles on many architectures.

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