Run Linux Apps on Tiger?

Posted:
in macOS edited January 2014
I am successfully running open source software on Tiger (GIMP).

I am wondering if Linux compiled software (being used by co-workers on PC's) can be run successfully on 10.4.3?



Thank you for any help

Robert E. Miller

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    dobbydobby Posts: 794member
    You can try by down loading the source and the gcc compiler and compile.



    Dobby.



    Edit. (sorry I thought you were talking about gimp, changed.).
  • Reply 2 of 5
    toweltowel Posts: 1,479member
    The software has to be compiled for the right platform (PowerPC). Linux apps compiled for x86 won't run on Macs. You can try to find a pre-compiled PPC version (like you did for GIMP). Or, if you have access to the source, you can install the Developer Tools from your MacOS CDs and compile the source yourself. This often isn't as complicated as it sounds. Management systems like Fink and Portage make it even easier to compile and install the many common open-source application.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Towel

    The software has to be compiled for the right platform (PowerPC). Linux apps compiled for x86 won't run on Macs. You can try to find a pre-compiled PPC version (like you did for GIMP). Or, if you have access to the source, you can install the Developer Tools from your MacOS CDs and compile the source yourself. This often isn't as complicated as it sounds. Management systems like Fink and Portage make it even easier to compile and install the many common open-source application.



    The software has to be compiled for the right architecture (PowerPC) and ABI (Darwin). Linux apps compiled for PowerPC won't run on Mac OS X either.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    Moreover, large apps in particular are compiled against all sorts of software libraries and header files. If they are not present on OS X, the pre-compiled ppc linux app will not run.



    Fink is your friend here, if you want linux (unix) apps on OS X. It will manage software dependencies for you. So you type "fink install gnome" and Fink does all the hard work for you.



    The vast, vast majority of 'linux' apps will run on OS X, if compiled from source for OS X. Give it a shot.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    wmfwmf Posts: 1,164member
    DarwinPorts provides lots of "Linux" software for OS X.



    http://darwinports.opendarwin.org/
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