Running Linux apps....

in macOS edited January 2014
Ok, I don't even know if I'm in the right topic area, but anywho....

I was wondering if there is a way to run Linux application under Tiger. I've got Maya 7 for linux, but the linux box died, and it's going to be awhile before I get around to fixing it.

Any help at all is great, thanks in advance!



  • Reply 1 of 4
    Most gnu/linux programs are platform independent, and with proper dependancies, will compile on OS X. Of corse, you could save your self some trouble and get fink:

    and fink commander:

    and virtual PC will allow you to install x86 linux distros which will allow you to run apps.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    ...but for a pre-compiled app that you don't have the source code to, such as Maya, that was (likely) compiled for another architecture, ie, Intel, the answer is no.

    You could try the Virtual PC route, but it's going to be asstacularly slow.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    I do not know if it is compatible but what about dual booting with yellow dog or another PPC linux and running it. When Mactels come out then it may be easier
  • Reply 4 of 4
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    Would still have to be compiled for the CPU architecture. Given that 99.9...% of Linux installations are Intel based, if you see a commercial closed-source product say "Linux", it's almost certain it's Intel-only.
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