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This may be a silly question, but since the newer Mac systems are built on unix, is it possible to run a Mac app natively on Ubuntu? I'm specifically interested in the Coda development environment.

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You can run things like htop that are universe, in a terminal. –  Alvar Jun 23 '11 at 18:28
    
possible duplicate of Can I run OSX applications? –  Jorge Castro Jun 23 '11 at 19:44
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They're both POSIX systems but no. Most OSX applications rely on various libraries (eg: Cocoa -- like GTK but not GTK) that aren't open source and therefore can't be ported.

I think there has been some interest in writing a layer like Wine to replace things like Cocoa but as far as I know, nothing has ever come of it.

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I was afraid that was the case... oh, well. Thanks. –  EmmyS Nov 4 '10 at 17:04
    
So if Apple one day saw the light (not gonna happen anytime soon I know), then they could port Cocoa to Linux. Interesting thought. –  fluteflute Nov 4 '10 at 21:03
    
there is a project underway to port cocoa to windows (and possibly linux, (forgot the name =P)), and there is also GNU Step, which... well, tries, to be compatible at the source level. That's probably the closest you will get to running apps on both (Without using something like GTK+ or QT as a basis). –  RolandiXor Nov 4 '10 at 22:06
    
it's called cocotron (need to dig the link up) –  RolandiXor Dec 13 '10 at 3:37
    
cocotron.org –  PierreS Apr 24 '11 at 15:06
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