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Work Still Underway To Run OS X Binaries On Linux

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Published on 13 July 2013 10:26 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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The Darling Project is still moving forward with its goal of being able to run Mac OS X binaries under Linux.

The project aims to run OS X binaries on Linux in a seamless manner by leveraging GNUstep for the Apple Cocoa frameworks and implementing other OS X components needed for offering binary compatibility. The project is similar in nature to Wine but rather than running Windows applications it is about OS X support.

I first covered the project in early December of last year when it was still in its infancy; A New Project To Run Mac OS X Binaries On Linux. I hadn't heard of Darling since then, but the project is still fledging.

The Wiki for the open-source project reflects semi-frequent activity, including the documenting of BSD syscall coverage, missing GNUstep classes, OS X installers, the core foundation, building the code, and other changes.

While moving ahead, it seems the application compatibility for Darling is still quite small. While not much is implemented yet as it concerns end-users, their performance for simple static method calls is at Darwin's native speed when using GNUstep.

Among the applications they have been evaluating but yet to be working include LLVM-GCC, Midnight Commander, QREncoder, Bayon, The Unarchiver, and World of Warcraft.

More details on this interesting project can be found via the Wiki page. The project is hosted on GitHub with activity every so often and so far Darling has had over 500 commits.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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