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Re: Intel Macs & Linux



On Sat, 2006-05-13 at 13:52 -0400, Steven Pasternak wrote:
> Hi! I know that iTunes and Quicktime (among others) are popular software 
> from Apple that they refuse to release for linux. Before, we had to 
> depend on wine and the windblows edition of each to have them under 
> linux. Since now Apple OSX (and iTunes and Quicktime) are going to be 
> built under the x86 architecture, wouldn't it be possible to port them 
> to Linux?

If Apple wanted to they could, or if they opened the source code.

>  OSX is really just FreeBSD with some changes; it is even built 
> with GCC. I know that FreeBSD has linux support, can't linux have 
> FreeBSD/OSX-x86 support? Thanks!
> -Steven
> 

It is more than just "FreeBSD support" - something similar to WINE but
for OS X api would be needed. OS X uses a completely different windowing
system.

I would rather not see QuickTime ported to Linux though - at least not
as QuickTime Player. I would rather see Apple release GStreamer plugins
so that I can watch QuickTime content within GStreamer video players
(such as totem).


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