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Apple's XNU From iOS Ported To New Platforms

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Published on 19 November 2013 01:49 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems
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A Phoronix reader has pointed out the recent work done by the community on porting Apple's XNU (iPhone / OS X) kernel to new platforms, namely ARMv7-A and hopefully AArch64 and ARMv6/v5 platforms.

The developer doing this work, "Winocm", explained about the work it is "an open-source port of the XNU (iPhone OS/Mac OS X) kernel to ARMv7-A (soon AArch64 and ARMv6/v5!) platforms. The kernel is very bare in its implementation and needs a lot of work."

His current XNU kernel is able to handle running simple user binaries like bash, ls, and grep, but more advanced commands are not yet functioning. Among the platforms where this Apple XNU is tested include the BeagleBone Black, ARM RealView, and TI BeagleBoard xM, among other ARM-based platforms.

Those interested in more details on this latest open-source work out of Apple's XNU kernel can see the Winocm.com blog post.

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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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