Darling will Run OS X apps in Linux
There’s a neat new project devoted to running OS X applications in Linux. It’s called Darling, and it reminds me of Wine. Wine, as you probably already know, lets Linux users run Windows applications.
How does Darling work? Here’s how:Darling works in a way very similar to Wine.
It parses executable files for the Darwin kernel (Mach Object Files; Mach-O), loads them into the memory (just like ld-linux.so does with ELF executables) and executes them. That is indeed not sufficient. Darling needs to provide ABI-compatibile set of libraries and frameworks as available on OS X.
This is done by either
directly mapping functions to those available on Linux, or wrapping native functions to bridge the ABI incompatibility, or providing a reimplementation on top of other native APIs.
Special focus is aimed at the Objective-C runtime. Upon loading an Objective-C executable, Darling locates all Objective-C metadata and through its translation layers, it registers everything with the GNUstep libobjc2 runtime.While Darling seems like a cool project, I’m somewhat lukewarm on running OS X applications in Linux. Are there a lot of people out there who would want to do this? I can understand Wine, as there are tons of Windows applications that some Linux users might want, but I don’t see the same thing applying to OS X apps.
Yes, there are some great OS X applications, but you never hear Linux users swooning for any of them and asking for a way to turn them on their computers. So who is really going to use Darling to run OS X applications in Linux? I really don’t know.
Tell me in the comments if you’d run OS X apps on your Linux computer. I’m very interested in reading people’s thoughts about this possibility.Leadwerks Game Development for Linux Leadwerks, a game engine company, might be bringing its game development environment to Linux. There’s a Kickstarter campaign that seems to have already met its goal, and I think this bodes well for Linux gamers.Fancy running iWork on Linux? It may one day be possible courtesy of a project to get Apple OS X programs running on Linux-based operating systems.
Similar to how Wine allows Windows applications to run in Linux OS, the Darling project is trying to build a software compatibility layer to run OS X apps.
More at ZDNetIt really is nothing short of amazing to see the interest in Linux game development these days. Linux used to be a bit of a pariah for game developers, but not so now.To capitalize on the current momentum behind Linux gaming this Kickstarter campaign aims to provide Leadwerks with enough capital to port its game development environment. Thus enabling would-be game developers to design, build, and test their creations entirely inside of the Linux environment without the use of Virtual Machines or Windows-based workstations.
More at SemiAccurate
Microsoft has irritated enough developers over the years that they’ve realized that they can no longer afford to be Windows-only. Thank you, Microsoft. I hope Steve Ballmer remains CEO at Microsoft for as long as it takes for Linux gaming to really take off.
iOS 7-like Control Center App for Android There’s a neat free app available for Android users that provides a control center that looks like the one in iOS 7. Apple isn’t very happy about it, but there’s not much they can do about it.Control Center is a free app for Android that strongly resembles the control center in Apple’s iOS 7 operating system. If you like the way iOS 7’s control center looks, then you’ll like having something like it on your Android device.
More at ITworld
Drunk vacation – again!
Me blogging personal stuff – who would have guessed? I’m 25 and on my second real vacation. (Vacations are really not my thing. I hate having nothing to do. I’m weird this way.) The first one was a celebration of drunkenness and this time shall be no different. It’s the second time, I’ve left my lovely Berlin, to got to Wiesbaden, but it’s the first time I’m on vacation. The last time I was here, my friends and I managed to trigger a gas leak alarm, which was followed by a large number of police, ambulances, fire fighter with gas masks, several people in the hospital and a number of newspaper articles – with pictures. All things I hope to avoid this time.
My sister lives here and her parents left her alone with the house for the first time. Her parents and me are not on speaking terms and they don’t know I’m in town, to save their daughter from drugs, alcohol poisoning and boys lusting for sex.
We already had quite a unreasonable amount of gin and wine, so it looks like, my task may be a bit more difficult than we thought. They have a fire place, so we HAD to get some alcohol and play some classical music. That’s kinda mandatory.
It’s still unclear how we will spend the next days (except for partying and drinking) and I hope non of my friends or fans from this city want’s to hook up.
Let’s see how this thing works out.
Dr. Strange in a position of educational power getting a much younger woman drunk and sleeping with her. Right, because I have a desire to read a comic whose main protagonist, in the first issue, committs an act that CONFORMS TO THE LEGAL DEFINITION OF RAPE. All this, and someone causually got molested by their uncle.
No thanks, Fraction. I’m not drinking your Kool-Aid.
Can’t decide between drinking vodka and wine? Well, soon you won’t have to.
Absolut, the Swedish vodka producer recognized all over the world, has partnered with New Zealand’s Brancott Estate to release a new product, Absolut Tune — a “sparkling fusion” of vodka and Sauvignon Blanc. The limited-edition bottling, which is a blend of 60 percent vodka and 40 percent Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, was launched in Sydney, Australia.
If you’re wondering how it tastes, the company’s press describes Tune as having a “persistent medium strength Absolut vodka flavor and balanced sweetness leading to a dry finish.” This comes at a time when flavored liquor seems to be making at comeback. Tell me: does Absolut Tune have promise?