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I did a quick search and found nothing and I figure this is the place to ask. So anyway. There must be a linux/unix program for running OSX apps in much the samke way that wine runs windows apps. For those of us with incompatible hardware or who worry about the dubious legality of actually running osx86 on anything other than a mactel it could be very useful. Now, as a bit of a layman I would assume that an osx runtime environment type thingy would be far easier to build than wine since osx essentially runs on a unix anyway, though I may be wrong.

 

I only ask becasue I was sitting in the #wine channel on irc and somebody was asking about running photoshop on wine. It occured to me that a buttload of software that doesn't run on linux is natively supported on osx, not to mention any of my osx games.

 

Either way, I've drawn this out far too long for what'll probably just be a load of responses linking me to the thread that already exists about this.

 

In short, is there a program for running osx apps in x86 linux?

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hope you dont mind - i edited your topic title 'osx equivalent of wine' because its a bit ambiguous. there are osx versions of wine, for running windows software under osx (like darwine and crossoveroffice), but this is clearly not what you're after.

 

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To my knowledge, there is absolutely no way. Surprisingly, in a way, but I guess there isn't very much in the way of public demand for a OS X compatability layer on Linux.

 

Which apps were you thinking of? If they are open source, there is always a small chance one can compile them on Linux... And, of course, they may have decent (and possibly compatible) Linux equivalents.

 

But, simply clicking a .dmg file and getting your Mac app to pop up is not possible (to my knowledge!), and probably won't be for a very long time.

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It's true you won't find a system like the dmg files.. it's not like it's revolutionary or anything like that. It simply utilises the advantage of a homogenous OS like Mac OSX, in short they know which libraries you have, how they're compiled and what kernel you run (more or less at least).

 

So.. The chance of finding precompiled packages like that aren't huge. But most apps that aren't OSX-specific meaning they use the special gui libraries and such should compile quite well under linux, after all, the development tools provided by apple are actually freely available tools.

 

That said as the person before me said, there's not an app like wine that will let you run OSX apps under Mac OSX, but if you have a few apps you'd like to find equivalents for, then please post the names of the apps here and I'm sure you'll get some posts.

 

I know if found equivalents for every windows app I ever had (and I mean every app, even Photoshop!) and I'm never going to rely on that for work again.. ever

 

In short: Games. I'm sorry mate but your OSX games won't work on linux. For gaming you'll need Linux Native versions or Windows Native versions which you can run through Cedega and Wine (Please check for compitality BEFORE you buy a game, save yourself the headaches, believe me it's worth it..!)

 

Apps: Well. You mention Photoshop and although CS1/CS2 won't run, PS7 runs just fine. I can't claim to know everything about photoshop. But to me CS1/CS2 seems like a slower app with a few new sparkly icons and a couple of filters. I haven't seen anything that I could create in CS1/CS2 and not re-do in PS7 yet (I Mostly do webgraphics, a little touchup on photo's and such)

So you could run Photoshop 7 under wine or Crossover Office, both work great in my experience.

 

As an alternative, you might want to check out Pixel which is a blazingly fast photo-program (believe me, Photoshop feels like an old man in comparison)

It's built from the ground-up by a single programmer and he wrote his own gui-kit to do it. The result of that is a lightweight program which looks very much like Photoshop and runs on pretty much anything you have

(For starters: Linux, Mac OSX, Windows, beOS, SkyOS, FreeBSD etc)

You can see an image here (Linux version): http://www.kanzelsberger.com/img/linux.png

 

Currently the price is 32USD for a version which'll last you through the end of 2006. One license gives you permission to run it on whatever platform you like, so if you ditch linux you can keep using it in OSX, for example.

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