Apple's Leopard has a lot of open source running behind the scenes

Here's a long list of open-source projects fueling Apple's latest release.

The Mac takes a lot of flak for being "the most proprietary computing platform" on the planet. In many ways, it is. But in the case of its source code, there's a heck of a lot of it available as open source, as this list from Apple shows.

Try to find a list like that for Microsoft's products, many of which (secretly) include open-source software. You won't.

Apple is about inventing new wheels, not reinventing old ones. Open source makes this possible. There's always a siren singing you to shipwreck...but this is no siren, and Leopard is no shipwreck.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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