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    PPC Software

    I just have a question... It may be dumb, but at least it will show my experience level in this area...
    I am getting ready to buy a PowerMac Notebook, and most of the software I use, I can get for it, with the exception of one: CadSoft EAGLE. If you are not familiar with it, it is a circuit board design tool and schematic capture program. Anyway, it is available on Linux either as an rpm, or as a tar.gz archive that simply has the executable, and it's required libraries. It is also available for Winblows. The source is not available. My question is this... is there any way I can somehow port this to PPC? Is is possible to get the source from the rpm, then compile it with OS X, so that it will be PPC compatible? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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    Re:PPC Software

    If the source isn't avaliable, and it's not an open source program then the rpm, and the .tar.gz are both just executables in different formats.

    If the actual source code was not written with PPC in mind, then even if you were to have the source, you still would not be able to compile it for PPC. At that point you would have to be able to re-write the code to fit the PPC spec.
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    Re:PPC Software

    I was afraid someone would say that SkyNet. Damn... that means if I want to do this stuff on the Mac, I will have to buy a very expensive commercial program... Well, I guess that is just one more reason to keep my Linux box going. I was just hoping I would be able to put it on the Mac. That way, if I am sitting in an airport bored out of my mind, I would have that to do, as it normally takes a long time to build a project. Oh well...

    Thanks!
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    Re:PPC Software

    Well, here's a question I'm not quite sure about. I know that programs have to be written for their respective hardware, however Linux runs on Mac. Yes it's a PPC version of Linux, but the question lies here:

    Do the programs written for just Linux (probably x86) work for the PPC Linux as well, or not only does the OS have to be different, but the programs for that OS as well?

    An example of this would be say I want to use Program-C which is written for Linux, so I install Linux on my Mac. Now would I be able to just compile, and use Program-C or would it have to be a PPC version of Program-C?
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    Re:PPC Software

    Well, from what I have been told, the program has to be written (from source) with the hardware in mind. For example, different architectures use different instructions and calls, or whatever. However, source should be source, right? I guess it all leads back to specific functions? It all just doesn't make sense to me... I am not a programmer, so... I really am clueless about it. And I mean, CLUELESS. Usually, when I ask a programmer a question about programming, they answer as if I know what the hell they are talking about. Big mistake...
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    Re:PPC Software

    hmmm
    methinks that ppc binaries are != ix86 binaries.

    You may be able to find a windows or linux compatibility layer for mac -- ala wine
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    dox
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    Re:PPC Software

    maybe this u can use as alternate!!!

    http://www.swcp.com/~jchavez/osmond.html

  8. #8

    Re:PPC Software

    Interesting... Thanks for the link Dox. I saw a while back and never looked into it. I will download it, and after I receive the Mac, let you know how it turned out.
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