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OS X Leopard source code released

The core set of components under the hood of Apple's Leopard operating system has been released to developers.

The core set of components under the hood of Apple's Leopard operating system has been released to developers.

The source code for Darwin, the centre of Apple's UNIX-based operating system is now available to developers, as previous versions of the components have been since OS X 10.

While the release gives developers and interested parties a look under the hood of Apple's latest operating system, which can be beneficial, it excludes some of the more defining parts of OS X including the Aqua user interface, Cocoa and Carbon APIs or the Quartz Compositor. In basic terms this means Darwin cannot run Mac applications that rely on these.

The latest version, Darwin 9.0, is built on a number of open source programs and released under the Apple Public Source License.

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