RavynOS – Finesse of macOS. Freedom of FreeBSD

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  • darling

    Darwin/macOS emulation layer for Linux

    That seems like a lot of work. If what you want is to be able to run MacOS X apps on a free (like in free speech) environment, there's https://www.darlinghq.org/ which is like Wine but for MacOs X apps.

    If what you want is to replicate the MacOS X UI you can customize the UI of your DE on Linux, or use something like ElementaryOS or use Pantheon.

    What are the goals of this project?

  • plasma-hud

    Provides a way to run menubar commands in KDE Plasma through rofi, much like the Unity 7 Heads-Up Display (HUD).

    > Only using Qt apps on Linux is very hard.

    There are even whole distris doing that… ;-)


    I have hardly any GTK app installed and I would not know what I'm missing. (Firefox uses GTK but it has it's own UI anyway). Electron? That's the plague of modern times. Besides VSCode (which I will switch away in a blink as soon as the alternatives are ready) I don't use any Electron peep. Also here I would not know what I'm missing.

    But of course, it's only me. YMMV

    > Cmd+Shift+/ to search all menus is also super useful and I don't think you can do that on KDE.

    Global menu is of course integrated in KDE. You can even use it form KRunner (of course with fuzzy search).


    I think the idea of using a "HUD" in KDE is actually even older than the macOS feature.


    > If you don't think macOS can be configured then you are mistaken.

    Apple products are made for the mass market. That's one of the reasons they actually follow the same philosophy as Gnome. What this means regarding options everybody knows I guess:

    Options are hard to maintain and "confuse the user".

    So Apple products are dumbed down even more with every release. (They even replace perfectly fine working software with "touch-ware" in the attempt to make everything more tailored to the causal users).

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  • WhiteSur-gtk-theme

    MacOS Big Sur like theme for Gnome desktops

    I find this gtk application theme and shell theme to go even further than elementary. The developer releases all sorts of themes with insane quality. You can even tweak them to suit your preference such as sidebar width and compact header size


  • website

    ravynos.com web pages (by ravynsoft)

  • GlobalProtect-openconnect

    A GlobalProtect VPN client (GUI) for Linux, based on OpenConnect and built with Qt5, supports SAML auth mode.

    I've seen this on Linux too, specifically with this VPN application https://github.com/yuezk/GlobalProtect-openconnect

    Closing it via the "x" will minimize to tray and hide (which is the behavior I want, but an example nonetheless)

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