Linked by dylansmrjones on Sun 13th Nov 2016 23:43 UTC
Mac OS X

Darling, the project to bring macOS binaries to Linux, is still active. After a period of inactivity, the project has picked up speed, according to phoronix.com.

Darling is still progressing but in its latest state can not run any macOS GUI applications but rather only basic command-line apps with both 32-bit and 64-bit capabilities. From the Darling Shell there is support for working with DMG images and even using Apple's Xcode toolchain for compiling basic "Hello World!" type applications for macOS and running from a Linux system.

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Future potential?
by sklofur on Mon 14th Nov 2016 01:01 UTC
sklofur
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2016-03-28

Many Mac users have complained about the stagnation of the platform in recent years, most of whom don't want to move to Windows but will have to if they want their apps.

If a platform like this can get off the ground and provide binary compatibility, Mac users (especially pros) can keep their apps on generic hardware that actually gets updated.

I get the feeling that Darling would have fewer moving parts than wine.

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RE: Future potential?
by ssokolow on Mon 14th Nov 2016 01:04 in reply to "Future potential?"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

Many Mac users have complained about the stagnation of the platform in recent years, most of whom don't want to move to Windows but will have to if they want their apps.

If a platform like this can get off the ground and provide binary compatibility, Mac users (especially pros) can keep their apps on generic hardware that actually gets updated.

I get the feeling that Darling would have fewer moving parts than wine.


If nothing else, it shouldn't need the big, complex DirectX-to-OpenGL translation layer.

I'm hopeful that Darling will eventually provide a second option for games that got a Mac port but will never get a native Linux port (or got a bad port)... just in case they don't get along with Wine.

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RE[2]: Future potential?
by CaptainN- on Mon 14th Nov 2016 21:39 in reply to "RE: Future potential?"
CaptainN- Member since:
2005-07-07

I would have preferred some kernel support for D3D in Linux (which seemed like it might come a few years back), but this would be an acceptable second

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RE: Future potential?
by laffer1 on Mon 14th Nov 2016 14:38 in reply to "Future potential?"
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2007-11-09

If they actually get to a point that GUI apps can run, this could be incredibly beneficial. If for no other reason, it would be possible to run Mac apps on a fast computer! The latest macs are so limited on upgradability, RAM, disk space, and CPU power that building a relatively cheap system running this could really blow out a traditional mac for many things. Imagine an 8 core AMD FX 8370 even.... compared to the ultrabook chips in many macs, this is a blowout.

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RE[2]: Future potential?
by darknexus on Mon 14th Nov 2016 19:23 in reply to "RE: Future potential?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

If they actually get to a point where enough GUI apps will run, how long do you think it'll take Apple's lawyers to attack? I give it thirty seconds.

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