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Thread: Mac Games and Linux, BSD and Solaris

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    Smile Mac Games and Linux, BSD and Solaris

    hello community,


    While I am not a Linux newbie as I have used Opensuse, Fedora, Freespire distros I am new to Ubuntu. Ubuntu has indeed become very popular now and I would like to test Ubuntu. Anyway just a small question from the ones who know much about Unix based Oses. Is it possible to play Mac games in Linux, BSD or Solaris since Mac is itself based on BSD Unix? If so with what modifications?

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    Re: Mac Games and Linux, BSD and Solaris

    No. It's not as simple as that.

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    Re: Mac Games and Linux, BSD and Solaris

    Sorry they can't.

    Mac OSX uses different APIs for the desktop than other *NIX OS's. Plus it doesn't use an X server for the graphics either. It would require an implementation of Apple's APIs with something like Wine for Mac (Mine?).

    One plus is that it should be easier for the developer to port it to Linux in the future since it's already made with cross-platform code. 2nd plus is the Windows version should run with more success in Wine if it has a hidden OpenGL option.
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    Re: Mac Games and Linux, BSD and Solaris

    BSD can run linux apps but not vice versa afaik.

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    Re: Mac Games and Linux, BSD and Solaris

    mac is a close source OS even if unix based.

    the only good thing is they have to use openGL
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    Re: Mac Games and Linux, BSD and Solaris

    Also UNIX is a proprietary OS..... System V(5?) or something like that. All the other FOSS Unix OSs other are based on BSD with the exception of OpenSolaris which is Sys V.... I think?
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    Re: Mac Games and Linux, BSD and Solaris

    No,linux was/is written from scratch, and is losely based on minix, not bsd.

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    Re: Mac Games and Linux, BSD and Solaris

    Quote Originally Posted by eragon100 View Post
    No,linux was/is written from scratch, and is losely based on minix, not bsd.
    I never said Linux was Unix
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    Re: Mac Games and Linux, BSD and Solaris

    Nope.
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    Re: Mac Games and Linux, BSD and Solaris

    Quote Originally Posted by hanzomon4 View Post
    I never said Linux was Unix
    Obligatory: GNU's Not Unix
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