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Building program to work on Linux, Unix and OS X

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Hi,

I'm wondering what technologies i should be looking at if i want to port a windows VB 6 application accross to run on Linux, Unix and Mac OSX?

Is there anythign that immediately springs to mind?  Would i have to rebiuld the whole thing in java?  is coding a java Swing application that works on all these OS's hard?  I know there were some problems with Java cross-platform compatibility.  If we did do it using java - could we include a small java binary with our installer?  so that if a user doesn't have java installed - we could install it for them?

I guess the dependency on java isn't great... i'd prefer to have it run natively on linux/unix/mac os X.  Is there any technology that does run on those three happily?

Is there anything specifically designed to port VB 6 to Linux or Unix and Mac OS X?
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Depends if you want to run on different architecture, you can get binaries to work on Linux Mac OS X and Windows nativly if you were to use a combination of C++ / C with GTk or QT libraries for the widgets as long as it was all running on X86. Problem is though mac osx dosnt so you would ether need to release seperate binaries for different archtectures.
I know there is Quick Basic for mac osx and you cant almost port VB apps to that, it dosnt exist for unix though.
There is also the MONO project .NET technologies for Windows, Mac *Nix Csharp is pretty powerful and has a lot of the platform idependancies of Java

Hope that Helps
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