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Old 08-30-2006, 05:36 PM   #1
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Lightbulb How can I install app made for OS X on Linux

This may be a simplistic question: since MAC OS X is a Unix variant (Darwin)and run , is there a way I install an application written for OS X on my Linux? (or is kernel sufficiently different that the app would have to be recompiled?)

I'm relatively new to Linux (3 months with Ubuntu 6.06 and have had absolutely zero problens. I just want to know my options. I've done Web searches and as far as I can determine nobody else shares my curiosity -- or perhaps ignorance?

Cheers, Chuck
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You will need to recompile it at least, not because of the kernel, but because of the libraries. In all likelihood, it will take more to port a Mac OSX application to Linux than it would to port the Windows equivalent. The reason is that Mac OSX has many system calls that interoperate with its proprietary user interface - the Mac does not use X Windows. While the equivalent Windows calls have largely been rewritten for Linux (via WINE, over the last decade), the equivalent for Mac OSX does not exist.

Apple is very much a proprietary company, as is the software they produce. I like the Mac, and have owned several - but I have no illusions about their business.
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Thanks very much! That answers a lot! Chuck


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