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Old 01-10-2019, 07:32 AM   #1
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Installing/running Mac-only software


I'm looking for specific software, and am going through my options rather quickly. I've a unspectacular x86_64 (i3) based PC (laptop) at my disposal, with intel HD4000 graphics. I have no Mac experience.

There are Mac-only packages. They run on Macs, but not windows or linux. I know linux & Macs share a lot of common software.
  1. What are the possibilities for shoehorning a mac-only package onto linux? I personally never tried it.
  2. Is virtualization a better way to go? I have virtualbox-6.0 installed, but what would I use for running the VM?

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Old 01-10-2019, 07:46 AM   #2
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You would need to have access to the source code in order to compile and run it in Linux. As for virtualization, you would need a macOS X image (iso, etc.), in order to boot that in VirtualBox. This is of course assuming you are talking about macOS X software, and not pre-macOS X, such as you might find here:

https://winworldpc.com/library/operating-systems

EDIT: It appears as though they have early macOS X (up to 10.3) downloads available:

https://winworldpc.com/product/mac-os-x/rhapsody

Even if you have this, however, the software in question may not run on older versions of macOS X.
 
Old 01-10-2019, 09:23 AM   #3
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1. The possibilities we can help you are zero if you don't tell us what the software is (we are not mind readers).
2. Technically it is a violation of Apple's EULA to run MacOS on a PC. However, assuming that you are comfortable with the ethical/legal ramifications (I am) then MacOS runs just fine in VirtualBox, in my experience. The easiest way to get the latest MacOS installer is to ask a friend with a Mac to download it from the App Store for you.
 
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:41 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by business_kid View Post
I'm looking for specific software, and am going through my options rather quickly. I've a unspectacular x86_64 (i3) based PC (laptop) at my disposal, with intel HD4000 graphics. I have no Mac experience.

There are Mac-only packages. They run on Macs, but not windows or linux. I know linux & Macs share a lot of common software.
  1. What are the possibilities for shoehorning a mac-only package onto linux? I personally never tried it.
  2. Is virtualization a better way to go? I have virtualbox-6.0 installed, but what would I use for running the VM?
To answer:
  1. Zero. Mac OS doesn't play well with others, period. As said, if you have the source code you can *TRY* to compile it for Linux, but good luck. There is much Mac-foolery going on that your chances of getting it to compile AT ALL are slim.
  2. Yes, and I've had it running nicely under Virtualbox. You can even find pre-built OSX images with a Google search, that boot up and run just fine.
 
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Old 01-10-2019, 12:18 PM   #5
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Thank you kindly, TBone.

Source is a little scarce. I'll go the VM route. I have been told you can even do ARM vms, but I shudder at the thought.
 
  


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