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GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched
GNUstep is a free software project which seeks to implement the Cocoa APIs and supporting libraries on as many platforms as possible.
GNUstep is a project which was started about 15 years ago to implement the OpenStep standard. As many people may or may not know, OpenStep became the heart of what is now Cocoa, which lays at the heart Mac OS X as well as the iPhone and all iOS based devices. OpenStep's original purpose was to be massively crossplatform, but that goal has been lost after Apple merged with NeXT in 1996.
After the acquisition, the goal of the GNUstep project was to follow Cocoa, since Cocoa represents a continuation of the OpenStep APIs. We would like to make this function perfectly on as many platforms as possible.
The goal of this Kickstarter project is to make GNUstep work seamlessly with all of the platforms it currently runs on and to complete the necessary work to make it fully compatible with, at least, the version of the Cocoa APIs available on 10.6.
We also need to refine our current development tools to bring them more up to par with what is on Mac OS X to give developers a chance to build applications not only on Mac OS X using Objective-C, but to all platforms. Additionally, GNUstep provides an avenue for developers who have invested their time and money in developing Cocoa based applications to easily bring their apps to other platforms with a simple recompile.
At $50,000: 10.6 compatibility
At $100,000: Working WebKit/WebCore under GNUstep
At $150,000: Darling integration (http://darling.dolezel.info/en/Darling)... Darling allows Mac OS X apps to be run directly on the host OS using GNUstep as the implementation of Cocoa. Similar to WINE.
Via /. summary:
"A maintainer of GNUstep has launched a Kickstarter campaign to get the resources needed to make GNUstep more complete and bring the implementation to API compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6's Cocoa. This will allow applications for Mac OS X to run on GNU/Linux with a simple recompile using new tools developed by the GNUstep team to directly build from xcodeproj project files. If the Kickstarter project is funded beyond it's $50,000 goal, it's possible that WebKit and Darling might also be completed allowing applications built on Mac OS X to run without the need for a recompile... think WINE-like functionality for Mac OS X applications on other platforms... including Windows, Linux, BSD, etc."