Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Aug 2013 18:10 UTC, submitted by dylansmrjones
Linux From ZDnet:

Fancy running iWork on Linux? It may one day be possible courtesy of a project to get Apple OS X programs running on Linux-based operating systems.

Similar to how Wine allows Windows applications to run in Linux OS, the Darling project is trying to build a software compatibility layer to run OS X apps.

I obviously doubt the attainability of the project's goals, but this will be a fantastic coding experience for the programmers involved.

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RE: Wait for it.
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 2nd Aug 2013 18:30 UTC in reply to "Wait for it."
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2006-12-05

Honestly, given the fact that Apple seems much worse than Microsoft with "ownership" issues, I figure Darling will be hammered sooner than Wine.

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RE[2]: Wait for it.
by Sauron on Fri 2nd Aug 2013 18:46 in reply to "RE: Wait for it."
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2005-08-02

If you listen hard enough you can already hear the scratching of pens on paper. Lol.

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RE[3]: Wait for it.
by henderson101 on Fri 2nd Aug 2013 22:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Wait for it."
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2006-05-30

How so? Darwin is open source software. If they are doing what they claim, there's a long way they can go before they hit the need for the closed parts of OSX's API. Cocoa is heavily rooted in the OpenStep API, which was an open specification. There are already projects doing this kind of thing at an API level, Cocotron being the obvious one. If Apple were going to throw its weight around, surely Cocotron and the various iOS UI kit compatibility layers for OS X would have been closed by now?

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RE[2]: Wait for it.
by Stephen! on Fri 2nd Aug 2013 22:24 in reply to "RE: Wait for it."
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2007-11-24

Honestly, given the fact that Apple seems much worse than Microsoft with "ownership" issues, I figure Darling will be hammered sooner than Wine.


If Microsoft could get rid of Wine, they'd probably have done so a long a time ago. Given the problem of trying to quash something where there's no single company to attack and the wide availability of the source code.

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