CAT-Tools/DéjàVu X/Does DVX run on Mac or Linux too?

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Mac OS X[edit]

No DejaVu version runs natively under Mac OS X. You have to use either a virtual machine solution or an API layer. These are known - so far:

Linux[edit]

No DejaVu version runs natively under Linux. You have to use either a virtual machine solution or an API layer. These are known - so far:

Unix[edit]

So far, nobody seems to have tested running DejaVu on any Unix system, but with CrossOver available for both Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris, and Mac OS X being built on BSD, it might work (e. g. with Parallels). Possibly even via thin client, which may however run into dongle issues.

Notes on technology[edit]

  • Virtual machine: You install Windows into a virtual machine, which is software that behaves to Windows as if it were PC hardware. Any other software you want to run is installed "as usual" in that Windows system. The current development goes towards making the operating systems aware of being run in a virtual machine, which might enhance performance and get rid of some hardware access problems, like e. g. dongle handling.
  • API layer: Presents the software you want to run with the interface towards the operating system it was made for and expects, in this case Windows. The other side of the interface is in this case connected to Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris UNIX etc., rather than leading to Windows. This approach rids you of having to use Windows altogether, and of introducing an additional layer for the virtual machine. Unfortunately, it instead introduces problems for software that wants direct hardware access, most notably for the dongle - so far.