Apple has recruited FreeBSD founder Jordan Hubbard to its team, in a bid to steer its Mac OS X BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) efforts.

In a letter circulating within the FreeBSD community, Hubbard announced his plans to head-up this work for Apple. Primarily interested in Mac OS X and its BSD sub-system, he will also help develop Darwin. FreeBSD is the flavour of Unix chosen by Apple to act as the core of Mac OS X.

BSD is an open-source UNIX resource for users of the various commercial and freely-available BSD operating systems.

"Those who've been following my writings about, and enthusiasm for, OS X lately won't be surprised by my going to work for Apple," Hubbard said. "OS X has finally managed to achieve the Holy Grail of the Unix community - a powerful Unix core [BSD] combined with a usable desktop, graphical user-interface development tools and real applications, without sacrificing access to Unix's underlying features."

Until recently, Hubbard was principal technologist at Wind River Systems. He also co-founded the FreeBSD project, and will continue to work with that project.