OpenDarwin has failed to achieve its goals in 4 years of operation, and moves further from achieving these goals as time goes on...The original notions of developing the Mac OS X and Darwin sources has not panned out. Availability of sources, interaction with Apple representatives, difficulty building and tracking sources, and a lack of interest from the community have all contributed to this.I can't say I'm surprised. When it comes to playing fair in the open source world, I simply trust the Linux guys more than I trust Apple. Besides, Darwin isn't even the most interesting thing about OS X--Cocoa is. Tragically, it's closed source.
As you all know, I've been pondering operating systems lately. I just don't think people are going to tolerate Apple's walled garden / vendor lock-in forever. I don't get the sense that Vista is a huge success. Based on my attendance at Linux Expo for the last seven years in a row, Linux seems to be somewhat quiet these days, at least on the desktop side. It makes me wonder what's going to happen on the desktop.
Maybe the desktop is dead--killed by the Web and Google. Maybe the desktop is going to be reborn via the likes of Adobe Air. I sure hope not. I don't need any more proprietary systems from Adobe! Maybe the desktop and the world-wide Web are both less important these days now that Facebook is functioning as a social operating system.
I don't know, but I do think there is some room for innovation.