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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
darwin-ppc_8.0.1.cdr_.gz (408.40 MB)
MD5: fe85def148896f76b00a753687d99144
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
darwin-x86_8.0.1.iso_.gz (378.37 MB)
MD5: dbd260dda994093a11c31afbe624aa34
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (315.60 MB)
MD5: 52a1391f2d8562e588103cf94482be3a
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
opendarwin-6.6.2_ppc.cdr_.gz (374.55 MB)
MD5: b31716c0a2b3e634146f698ed0a80456
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
opendarwin-6.6.2_x86.iso_.gz (374.29 MB)
MD5: 7e3241898f1541febf48d64eacbc244b
For Mac OS X
Guides on emulating older applications

OpenDarwin was a collaboration project with Apple in the early and mid-2000s to produce a (primarily) command-line Darwin derivative (that is, an OS based on the Darwin kernel) and to provide an environment in which to build and develop Mac OS X source code. The project unfortunately was shut down in 2007. In the words of the project administrators, it had become "a mere hosting facility for Mac OS X related projects," which was nowhere near its intended goal.

The downloads above are versions 6.6.2, 7.2.1 and 8.0.1 of their Darwin derivative, which use the kernels from Mac OS X versions 10.2.6, 10.3.2 and 10.4 respectively. The CD image for version 7.2.1, once burned, was designed to boot and install on both PowerPC Mac and Intel x86 PC platforms from that era; versions 6.6.2 and 8.0.1, however, have separate disc images for each architecture. Version 6.6.2 also has the XFree86 X Window System package in the "/System/Installation/RPMS" folder, while version 7.2.1 apparently does not.

Please note, these are *NOT* "live CDs"; these are only command-line installers.

One might be able to emulate the PPC versions using PearPC; I haven't tried doing so, though.

Architecture: PPC x86 (Windows)

System Requirements: For PPC, same as Mac OS X, i.e. 128 MB RAM, G3 or newer processor; for Intel x86, unknown but probably similar to PPC requirements, i.e. 128 MB RAM

Issues: AirPort wireless cards on PowerPC hardware are detected, but cannot be configured; power management does not work; on Intel hardware, IDE may or may not work.


os9er's picture
by os9er - 2017, November 14 - 8:38pm

Both PPC and x86 builds of 8.0.1 have been added.

unixphreak's picture
by unixphreak - 2017, October 31 - 9:46pm

That would be a good idea, never know when a site could go down these days. Some times they fall off out of pure boredom it seems : (

os9er's picture
by os9er - 2017, October 25 - 9:51pm

@unixphreak, I might upload those 8.0.1 images here, just so that they'll be archived in case the SourceForge page goes down.

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by os9er - 2017, October 4 - 1:48am

Could somebody test both of the 6.6.2 images, particularly the x86 version? I've burned the x86 .iso to a DVD several times (DVDs are the only optical media I have at the moment), and I can't get it to boot on any of the PCs I own. It could be that there's some hardware incompatibility, but on one it won't boot at all (it just performs an auto-reboot immediately after the boot-loader screen), and on another it will start to boot but immediately gets a "pmap_expand" kernel panic. Which brings me to another question: What exactly does "pmap_expand" mean in such a KP message? I've seen it before this but I've never known what it meant.

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by os9er - 2017, September 27 - 8:10pm

Version 6.6.2, it might be worth adding, has the XFree86 X Window System as a .rpm package on the CD, while version 7.2.1 AFAIK does not.

Version 6.6.2 for x86 will be uploaded today.

EDIT: 6.6.2 for x86 is now available.

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by unixphreak - 2017, September 26 - 1:39am

OpenDarwin 8.0.1 PPC and x86 can be found here

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by MikeTomTom - 2017, September 25 - 9:37pm

Screenshot of Gnome running on PPC Mac under OpenDarwin (Wikipedia).

The OpenDarwin Shutting Down announcement (Wayback Machine web archive).

Interestingly, the web archive appears to have a copy of version 7.2.1 available. The RC of 8.0.1 seems to be missing, I didn't try other links.