Darling is one compatibility layer which aims to be a benchmark in the application support of Mac OS X, Apple’s operating system, in Linux. it is basically the equivalent of Wine for OS X programs.
For now the project is pretty green – it is currently in pre-alpha– and requires a lot of work to be a viable alternative. In addition, Luboš Doležel, the programmer in charge of the project, works with the applications one by one, which makes their support a really gigantic task.
And then there’s Apple’s sparse and poorly written documentation.
“It’s really unfortunate how badly written it is Apple documentation in most cases, ”says Doležel, and continues,“ sometimes I have to experiment to find out what a certain function really does. […] This is why he loves the [software] open source; when the documentation is vague you can always look at the code ».
Nevertheless, Doležel has managed to get Linux Midnight Commander, Bash and Vim to work. He says that while it’s not much and doesn’t sound really exciting, it’s clear proof that Darling “provides a solid foundation for future work”.
Luboš Doležel is currently the sole developer of Darling. He says he would like to implement support for games and programs multimedia edition of OS X on Linux, adding that the tool could be used in the future even for run iOS applications; however, this requires years of work. Although everything has to have a beginning, right?
For more information you can visit the site The Darling Project.
More information – More about Darling at Ubunlog
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