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Apple's OS X Launchd Being Ported To FreeBSD

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Published on 18 December 2013 05:22 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD
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There is new work within the FreeBSD camp to port Apple's launchd from OS X to non-Darwin systems.

Phoronix readers brought up a new project called openlaunchd, the FreeBSD port of Apple's launchd.

Going back to the FreeBSD 6 days, there's been a desire to have launchd on FreeBSD for better boot-up times and jobs management. There was some work on a FreeBSD port around 2008 after Launchd went under an Apache 2.0 license, but not much since then and nothing was ever mainlined. Going back further was also an unsuccessful Google Summer of Code 2005 project about Launchd for FreeBSD. Now as of last week, there's the new OpenLaunchD project.

For those FreeBSD users wanting to learn more about launchd for the BSD OS, see the FreeBSD wiki and the OpenLaunchD GitHub repository.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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