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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted September 13, 2011 12:56      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I need to run some software on mac hardware, but the manufacturer only provides linux and windows versions. Should I be able to run the linux version on the unix goodness of mac os lion? it is supplied as an rpm file.

I've found an rpm port for mac os, but the most recent version seems to be for leopard.

linux is not supported with boot camp, although others have had success.

What is the easiest way to get this running? I don't want to use windows.

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Icon 1 posted September 13, 2011 16:07      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've never tried this myself, but...

Fink is a collection of Linux ports to the Mac environment, if you're lucky, they'll have ported the app you're looking for.

If not, I'd be very surprised if the Mac is binary compatible with Linux, so your chances of running the RPM are not good, but there's always the option of running Linux in a Virtual Machine on the Mac. I use VMs every day at work, they're surprisingly good.

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CommanderShroom
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Icon 1 posted September 13, 2011 18:46      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have tried some of that with bad results, but YMMV.

However I wanted to second TFD's suggestion on using a VM in your Mac. I have had very good luck with VirtualBox. And then you could safely put in Fedora or any other distro that can install the RPM properly.

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I /detest/ Fink & the like. I know people who like it, but IMHO, it's not a natural install and just kinda fscks things up. (When it works, it works...when it doesn't, it's worse than Windows. Needless to say, very un-Mac-like.)

I think TFD's recommendation of VM is a grand one - if the software works on Linux, why not run it on Linux? (on Mac!) I love VMware, but some of VirtualBox is free and probably worth considering as well. (Speaking of which, I really need to install that @home.) A friend of mine ran qEMU on Linux to do VM, but IIRC, that involves CPU emulation, which tends to kill performance. (Perhaps they have a variant that doesn't?)

Take some of the above with a grain of salt - my opinion of Fink and macports dates back to my PPC mini and I've gotten to be grumpier about stuff like that...but when I'm using my Mac, I really try to keep from fscking it up. (That's why I use a Mac in my spare time - I really don't need to fix computer stuff outside of my day job.)

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littlefish
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Icon 6 posted September 14, 2011 08:02      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks all, very helpful. VirtualBox made setting up a virtual machine a lot easier than I thought it would. I've got ubuntu running now, so now all I have to do is make this beta software sing!
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