Apple OS X Darling Project Active

The Darling Project, an attempt to allow OS X apps to run on Linux systems, has gained new life.

After months of inactivity, the Darling Project has started to see new activity on GitHub, an online project hosting site. The Darling Project has moved to its own address: The goal of the Darling Project is to create a software compatibility layer for Linux-based operating systems so they can run OS X apps. Currently, the Darling translation layer can run a number of OS X consoled tools and applications and some basic GUI applications with the help of the GNUstep project. According to the Darling Project site, the project aims to provide "a dynamic loader that can load OS X executables (Mach-O)", "runtime, system library and framework reimplementations to enable OS X executables to functions," and "additional tools to assist with application installation."

Darling is currently limited as to the quantity of OS X apps it can run. "There is a lot of work ahead of us, but not so much to have usable results," said lead developer Lubos Dolezel. Dolezel has created a list of what still needs to be done for developers and software engineers who would like to assist with the project. While the Darling Project aims to allow OS X apps to run on Linux OS, Wine aims to do the same for Windows applications. Wine began back in 1993 as a way to support running Windows 3.1 programs on Linus and has continued to update as Windows has changed over the years.

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