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    May 15, 2007
    Wales, UK
    Black macbook 2.16ghz 2GB Ram 160GB hdd | 8Gb Ipod Nano
    ReCompiling Linux software (.rpm .debian etc..)

    As MacOSX is a unix based system, is it possible to run Linux based applications on MacOSC/Macbook with out the use of a VM?

    If it is, what is required, what software is needed and how do you actually go about re compiling the software?

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    May 15, 2007
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    Black macbook 2.16ghz 2GB Ram 160GB hdd | 8Gb Ipod Nano
    anyone know?

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    YES! It is very possible. See DarwinPorts ( This is essentially a source level Linux distro for your Mac, complete with excellent package management. In a normal Linux distro, you download a package and it downloads and installs all the dependencies as well. In DarwinPorts, you do the same thing, but the packages are source level, not binary. It compiles/builds them on the spot and then installs. It is seamless, if a little slower.

    I use DarwinPorts to keep all of my Linux favorites up and running on my Mac. Check it out - it is a nice product, and in the true Linux spirit, it is FREE (as in beer)
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