Apple's OS X Launchd Being Ported To FreeBSD
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD on 18 December 2013 at 05:22 AM EST. 70 Comments
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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