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Old 04-20-2005, 04:59 AM   #1
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Question Porting a Carbon (OS X) programm to OpenGL (Linux)

Hi Everyone,

The case is the following: A friends of mine is writing a game in Carbon (OS X), and want to/have to port this game to OpenGL (Linux). Carbon is a Apple OpenGL derivate optimised for their OS.

My problem starts by having very little programming experience and not having done some programming for some time to first time working with OpenGL and understanding what he wrote... So I am in need of about anything

My Wishlist:
  • OpenGL tutorial
  • Carbon tutorial
  • Or Programm/Tools whatsoever to do the conversion automatically
  • IDE for C++ (no nescessary, but would be nice)

Or at least I hint of where I should search... the Net is big, and Google only your friend, IF you know the right keywords

As I am runnig under Gentoo, I guess it is not that much of a hassle to get the libaries, or any other packages I need.

Old 04-20-2005, 08:30 AM   #2
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For OpenGL info, look for the OpenGL Programming Guide. Often referred to as the Redbook. A google search on OpenGL Redbook will probably bring up many links to it. There is an old version of it available for download various places across the net. It's like the Bible of OpenGL...

It's companion is the OpenGL Reference Manual. Also known as "The Blue Book"

Last edited by deiussum; 04-20-2005 at 08:32 AM.
Old 04-20-2005, 09:47 AM   #3
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I don't think you're going to find an automated way to convert Carbon code to GNU/Linux.

You probably need to decide whether you want to use GLUT (the OpenGL Utility Toolkit) or sdl ( ). GLUT is easier, SDL is more useful for games. There's a Free version of GLUT available called FreeGLUT.

If you can afford it, a good book to buy (which uses GLUT) is "OpenGL SuperBible". There's also the redbook, but the SuperBible has more hand-holding.

As far as programming tools, for now, just use an editor like NEdit, a simple makefile, and build and run from the command line.

You can get lots of help with Carbon in the forums at
Old 04-20-2005, 10:49 AM   #4
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I don't think you're going to find an automated way to convert Carbon code to GNU/Linux.
What a surprise...

Thanks for the replies so far... They have already proven useful. But currently I am fighting with more basic problems
How do I compile this stuff?
OR Is there a program that can read a Xcode project file....
What Window handler should I use? QT, GTK? or is there somethong native, like a general purpose window handler (PS I hope I used the right term; As I said I am pretty much of a newb in this area)

The More I start reading the Code, the less it seams achievable... or the more workaround I need. I just bumped into Quicktime, CoreVideo and some other nice things. I guess I have to rewrite half of the code, to get i working on Penguin; damn Fruits

I could still use some help... but it'll take some time..


Plundging back into the Sources....

Last edited by Geronimo; 04-20-2005 at 10:54 AM.


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