Apple Computer upset many software developers earlier this year when it decided to close the source code for its Mac OS X x86 kernel. That company execs came off as unconcerned when an open source developer and ComputerPartner columnist met with them to discuss the issue wasn't a winning public relations strategy either.
Widespread coverage of last week's announcement that OpenDarwin.org, the development community organized to allow outside developers to work with Apple developers on Mac OS X fixes and additions, was "going dark" -- or shutting down -- must have made company leaders realize it was time for some damage control.
Yesterday, the company announced a series of upcoming releases to the open source community, including what the e-mail to the OpenDarwin.org mailing list called "buildable kernel sources" for Intel-based Macs. And perhaps in hopes of winning back OpenDarwin.org community members, Apple is also establishing Mac OS Forge for open source projects centered around the Mac OS X.