There's Progress In 2017 For Running macOS Binaries On Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Apple on 6 February 2017 at 11:08 AM EST. 7 Comments
Five years ago we wrote about a project to run Mac OS X binaries on Linux, for what Wine is for allowing Windows programs on Linux/macOS/etc, Darling wants to let Mac binaries run under Linux. It's been a while since last having anything to report on for the project, but they are making new progress in 2017.

Last year was a small update on Project Darling but for end-users it still left a lot to be desired with not yet supporting Mac GUI applications and a limited selection of binaries that could run under Darling. In 2017 that might change.

Project Darling Luboš Doležel shared that they are working to transition most of the files to Mach-O rather than sticking to ELF, which will provide a variety of benefits for this macOS translation layer for Linux. Darling is also working on a containerization approach with OverlayFS and there are two other developers who have joined this open-source project. There is also some experiments happening now for supporting GUI macOS apps on Linux.

Those interested in learning more about the current state of Project Darling can see this blog post update.
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