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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Just watch this
by toast88 on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 09:25 UTC
toast88
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2009-09-23

Everyone who thinks the whole project is unfeasible should just watch this talk from FOSDEM 2011. OSX applications running on Linux is way more realistic than most people would think and it *does* actually work:

http://lanyrd.com/2011/fosdem/spdyd/

Remember people, MacOS X' native API is Cocoa which *is* a fork of OpenStep while GNUStep is another derivative of it.

Cocoa has just plenty of additional extensions which currently make many OSX applications unable to run on GNUStep, but it principle it does work besides some applications which use core services like IOKit for which no translators currently exist on Linux. However, it will come at some point.

And, no, Apple won't be able to sue anyone because GNUStep/OpenStep is an *OPEN* standard.

Adrian

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RE: Just watch this
by MOS6510 on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 12:14 in reply to "Just watch this"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Why wouldn't they sue the jailbreakers, but do sue some run-OS X-apps-on-Linux guys?

It's not like Wine caused millions of people to dump Windows and install Linux. Nor is it like people who run an OS X app on Linux would have bought a Mac if they couldn't.

As for iWorks, the web based version may run on Linux. Although I'd rather run something native and there are plenty of capable alternatives on Linux.

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