Universal Netboot Installer

unetbootin release mac osx

Asked by chris on 2010-08-16

hi

is there a possibility to see a future release of unetbootin for mac osx?
i am no developer but is it possible to use linux version on mac?
mac is also a unix, i dont know, may it works?

it is only an idea.

thx.

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2011-03-25
Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said : #1

No, it's not possible to run Linux binaries on Mac OS X; the fact that it is based on BSD only helps at the source-code compatibility level. Unfortunately, even if you install the Qt SDK and compile UNetbootin from source on Mac OS X it unfortunately won't function correctly, as Mac OS X uses a different bootloader from Linux. As I don't have a Mac to test on, that means there won't be a release for Mac OS X (unless someone with a Mac writes the code for the bootloader modifications and does the testing for me, or a shiny new Mac shows up on my doorstep one day).

Steven Downum (sdownum) said : #2

I am willing to volunteer to work on the Mac OS X bootloader issues. I've started to poke around there anyways. I just wanted to make certain I wasn't duplicating any effort before I go further. Also, as much as I would like to see UNetbootin work on OS X, I wasn't sure how helpful it would be to others.

Steven Downum (sdownum) said : #3

I have UNetbootin building and running on Snow Leopard. There are many things to fix besides the bootloader. and I can start addressing them one by one. Is there any preference on how and when to submit patches for this?

Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said : #4

Sure, just fork it on github http://github.com/gkovacs/unetbootin and commit away. Request a merge once done. See http://help.github.com/forking/ for details.

Steven Downum (sdownum) said : #5

Thank you for your help! The fork is set up now: http://github.com/sdownum/unetbootin-osx

Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said : #6

I've merged in the changes you've made so far.

Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said : #8

I've just made a version of UNetbootin for Mac OSX (had to port over syslinux to do so; it still needs some testing, though); see http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/unetbootin-mac-latest.zip for the current version.

Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said : #9

Ignore that announcement for now, the initial version had a Qt deployment-related issue. Will fix and upload a new version soon.

Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said : #10

Alright, I've fixed most remaining issues - UNetbootin for Mac OS X is now available at http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ - please test and report any issues as new bugs

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