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Old 02-03-2011, 02:03 PM   #1
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Brainstorm about a hypothetical system


I've been thinking a lot lately about Linux, Windows, OSX, and the like.

The main problem that I have with Linux is the fact that I can't get the good proprietary apps that I love in a Linux environment. I am left without iTunes, Photoshop, MSOffice, etc, forced to load them in wine, which works well enough, but eats a bit of processor, and sometimes doesn't support what I need.

I realize that OSX is BSD based, which means it has UNIX at its heart. Would this mean that with a bit of work, I could get Linux programs compiling and running on a Mac? and with further work, also desktop environments like KDE and Fluxbox? And, in the end, could i get the things I love in Linux to run on a Mac natively through its UNIX base, while using the OSX ability to run Mac versions of CS5/Office/Games and such natively? I think if I could, I could probably create my dream system with a powerful command line, the software that I love, and a desktop that I can customize to my hearts content.

Any one have any thoughts?

Again, this is just a pipe dream, but do you think its possible?
 
Old 02-03-2011, 02:12 PM   #2
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iTunes
That's funny, I was just thinking about how every music player for Linux is based on iTunes now, and wondering if mine should have followed the trend.

Why aren't the iTunes-like players for Linux meeting your needs?

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Old 02-03-2011, 02:15 PM   #3
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And the dozens of players that look and work exactly like iTunes aren't meeting your needs because?
Syncing with my iPad/iPod, I like the way it organizes and tags, its easy, integrated iTunes store, etc, etc.

really, this is the only response you could come up with to my question?
 
Old 02-03-2011, 02:22 PM   #4
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really, this is the only response you could come up with to my question?
Me personally? Sorry, but yes it is. I think it was a perfectly valid response too.

Anyway,

I think the state of the the OSX KDE port tells you everything you need to know.

There's a way to get what you're describing on Windows though.

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Old 02-03-2011, 02:26 PM   #5
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thats close, but it doesnt really hit the desktop environment. I have a strong dislike for the proprietary "explorer" interface that windows uses, I want to use openbox for the eventual environment for whatever system I end up doing this on.
 
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Have you already looked at MacPorts, Fink and GNU-Darwin?

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Old 02-03-2011, 02:43 PM   #7
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Have you already looked at MacPorts, Fink and GNU-Darwin?
A bit, thats what set off this idea

Im going to give a try next week I think.
 
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http://windows.kde.org
 
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The OP wants Mac, not Windows.
 
  


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