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.
Oh gawd, it is the “GNU/Linux just needs more apps” thing again. Ok, I understand that it might need them, but there are more immediate problems at hand in GNU/Linux land. For example, GNU/Linux getting worse battery life compared to Windows. Not doing switchable graphics. The fact most GPU drivers are awful because GPU vendors have quit trying to hack modern features of the newest OpenGL into X.org.
So, while I appreciate the guy’s effort and I do believe he is going to have moderate success, don’t expect that making some OS X apps work on Ubuntu or Mint will make GNU/Linux break the eternal 1-2% market share it is trapped in ever since RedHat realised there is no money to be made from selling support to desktop customers and handed the keys of the desktop to the community.
Edited 2016-11-14 00:24 UTC