I found this report on an Apple European Analyst Event, whatever that is. Apple, apparently, say
The fastest way to get to open standards (our commitment) is through open source.
So far, so good. They go on to say
We’re a major contributor to Jabber, mySWL, modperl, php, OpenLDAP, Apache, python, SQLite, Rails, CalDav, FreeBSD, freeRadius, SpamAssasin, SquirrelMail, ApacheAnt, OpenSSL etc
Well. I don’t know about the rest of them, but I do know about OpenSSL and Apache. I’ve been working on OpenSSL since it began, and I don’t remember any contribution from Apple. I just checked the CHANGES file – not a single mention of Apple. Also, I know for a fact that Apple have spent a good deal of energy trying to remove OpenSSL from their stack.
I was going to say the same holds true of Apache but my friend Fred Sanchez has worked on Apache forever and also works for Apple. To what extent his contributions to Apache were effectively Apple’s and not his own, I don’t know. Apart from Fred, though, I’m not aware of any Apple contributions there, either.
I wonder if the rest of their “contributions” are equally fanciful?