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Re: Intel mac, and how this might relate to cygwin

On 1/16/06, Joe Smith <> wrote:
> I'm posting this on talk rather than on the on the main Cygwin list, as it
> only marginally has to do with Cygwin,
> and dispite still a serious message.
> As it is now there is WINE for running windows apps on GNU/Linux.
> WINE will be ported to the new Intel-based OSX.
> So Windows can run Windows apps and Gnu/Linux apps (Recompiled under
> cygwin).

If you accept a recompile, then nearly any OS/X app will work fine on
linux and cygwin.  Not being an OS/X user myself, I can see that you'd
still need some library such as OpenAqua (which if it doesn't exist,
probably will very soon).  Other stuff you'd be missing would probably
be stuff you shouldn't expect to port, such as functions to configure
OS settings (think Windows Control Panel).

But OS/X is just BSD with a couple Apple proprietary libraries.

If you want binary compatibility, then you might have some luck with
FreeBSD or OpenBSD directly (and again an open-source replacement
shared library for Aqua).

> GNU/Linux can run GNU/Linux apps, and windows apps (via WINE).
> Intel OSX will be able to run (Intel OSX apps) [and not relevent: PPC OSX
> apps],
> Linux apps by recompiling (with some limited porting) and Windows Apps via
> So all that is needed to complete this is a WINE like app that allows Intel
> OSX apps to run
> under GNU/Linux, or such an app but that runs under Windows.
> If it runs under GNU/Linux, then cygwin will allow it to run under Windows.
> If it runs under Windows then it will probably run under GNU/Linux via WINE.
> Now the question is: Are there any OSX apps that would be worth running
> indirectly like this?
> What about double indirectly (OSX on Windows via cygwin using a GNU/linux
> based prog,
> or OSX on GNU/Linux via WINE using a windows based prog)?

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