Is it really possible to run Gnome or KDE in OS X?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by crvdude, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. crvdude macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2008
    I was reading this blog post and one of the comments made a claim that you can run Gnome or KDE in OS X... is that true?
  2. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Maybe in Vmwave Fusion, but not as a Os environment! And if you read it carefully, he said, " you can make it look just like windows xp , vista, or even OSX!"
  3. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I've heard of people trying to do this but I've yet to hear of anyone actually being successful. It ought to be possible since OS X is based on BSD Unix.

    Honestly, I'm not sure why anyone would want to. Aqua (OS X) is much more useable in my opinion.
  4. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Your girlfriends place

    It's possible... it's BSD. But it's more of a hobbiest type of project. After all is said and done, why would you want to use KDE or GNOME when OS X is a more polished operating system? They are nice GUI's but they're just not OS X... if you're just doing it for the hell of it, good luck and enjoy.

    EDIT: Just took a look at your linked site... that guy is the epitome of computer geek. He has a bunch of you tube videos.
  5. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
  6. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502


    Jun 2, 2008
    Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK
    As localoid said, it is possible. I would ask why you want to do it though? I would suggest that if you want to run specific KDE/Gnome apps, it might be better to do it via VirtualBox if you have the memory.
  7. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Yeah, I've had some fun with playing with KDE on X11 running on OS X back in 2003.

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  8. QueenZ macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2008
    Yes, it is possible to install KDE and GNOME on OS X but just to run their programs, not the interface..
  9. doobs macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2008
    Install MacPorts 1.7, then run "sudo port install gnome" or "sudo port install kde". That will give you Gnome or KDE...easy.
  10. macrem macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2008
    I have done it, its easy. As mentioned above you can download it with Macports. You can run it right on top of the aqua interface with X11 and its also possible to escape out of Aqua and run Gnome on OS X without Aqua. There is just not much point to doing that because none of your OS X native apps will work and OS X has a much, much better GUI!
  11. slylabs13 macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2009
    Ever since Leopard (10.5) the Mac OS X is entirely UNIX. There are no more BSD underpinnings left, or so Apple says.
  12. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    You missed the most important point. BSD is not just one thing. There are different versions of BSD. The current version of BSD and the current version of UNIX are one. They now conform to the Single UNIX Specification. MacOS X 10.5 and MacOS X 10.6 are both certified to conform to Single UNIX Specification, Version 3. Single UNIX Specification, Version 4 is in getting ready in the wings.
  13. Phechs, Feb 7, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2012

    Phechs macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Lion + KDE/Gnome?

    has anyone tried to get the KDE or Gnome window environments working in osx 10.7 Lion? If so, any steps you took would be helpful.

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