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Hope Seems Lost In Running OS X Binaries On Linux

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Published on 24 December 2013 03:49 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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In December of last year Phoronix was first to cover Project Darling, an open-source project that allows running Apple Mac OS X binaries on Linux-based systems. Sadly, the Darling Project appears to now be a memory of the past.

Darling is to OS X programs as Wine is to Windows programs for running native binaries on Linux. Darling aimed to provide an ABI-compatible set of libraries/frameworks to those used on OS X. Darling leveraged some of GNUstep and other open-source projects for working out the Apple frameworks support on Linux. The developers working on Project Darling achieved some success in running unmodified OS X binaries on Linux.

My last update posted to Phoronix was in July of this year when saying Work Still Underway To Run OS X Binaries On Linux. Code was still happening for Project Darling through the summer, but for the past four months now there's been virtually no public activity around Darling.

Project Darling now hasn't seen any project Wiki changes since August. More pressing is that the Darling Git repository hasn't seen any new activity since September. The other related Darling repositories for a FUSE module for mounting DMG files on Linux and Mach API emulation for Linux also haven't seen any new activity in quite a while.

The lead developer, Luboš Doležel, seems to have moved on from the project. Luboš Doležel still is doing GitHub activity but now seems to be back to focusing upon his Fatrat project, a Linux download manager program written in Qt. At least for most Linux users, running OS X programs on Linux is not needed especially with there being Windows versions for many of the popular OS X programs where Wine likely does a much better job for non-Linux-native software.

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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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