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PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. Feel free to email me.

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OpenDarwin is (almost) dead, long live DarwinPorts

Yesterday, the OpenDarwin project announced it is shutting down:

OpenDarwin was originally created with the goal of providing a development environment for building and developing Mac OS X sources as well as developing a standalone Darwin OS derivative.... OpenDarwin has failed to achieve its goals in 4 years of operation, and moves further from achieving these goals as time goes on. For this reason, OpenDarwin will be shutting down.

I'm disappointed that no strong movement emerged in support of a Darwin-based open source operating system, but perhaps it's just a testament to the growing power and polish of other available OSs, e.g. Ubuntu.

I'm glad at least that the excellent DarwinPorts project (which is hosted by OpenDarwin) is not going away.

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
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