16 May 2000 wsanchez   » (Master)

Well, the Open Source session at WWDC was today, and it went really well. Most of the Darwin Developers were there, which was great. David was the man today. Last week, he worked on putting together some great demos for the Darwin part of the session, and he delivered.

The first demo was Darwin running on an Intel PC. This validates that the whole BSD stack, from kernel to login shell, is still ready-to-go on Intel. Details will follow next week when we are done with the conference, so the folks out there woring on the Intel bringup can get a jump.

The second demo was X11 on Darwin. John did a port of XFree 3 to Mac OS X Server using the Interceptor API a while ago. Dave sat down and got the XFree 4 working with the I/O Kit in Darwin 1.0. This is a good step to improving the usability of Darwin as a standalone BSD system. It also bodes well for the possiblity of a port to Quartz, so that X apps can run on a full Mac OS X install.

We also saw a demo of NetSprocket running as a client of OpenPlay on both Mac OS and Window, showing that we now have a working cross-platform NetSprocket implementation. OpenPlay development is rolling along nicely, and we are seeing some companies using it in their software now. Joe remarked that the name "OpenPlay" is a bit of a misnomer, since it is a general cross-platform network transport API, and isn't limited to gaming. Apparently, there is a medical imaging company looking at OpenPlay as their networking layer as well.

It was a great session, and it also covered HeaderDoc and the Streaming Server.

I'm be an attendee until Friday, when I'll be presenting at the BSD session. I talked to Andy Stone, who write some of the coolest Cocoa software imaginable. He's going to help me spiff up my demo for Friday.

Today was also the Apple Masters event, with Herbie Hancock, Gregory Hines, and Brian Adams performing. Much fun all around.

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