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November 29th, 2008 by Valery Dachev

Linux on iPhone

In a post about the 2.0 firmware jailbreak/unlock five months ago I mentioned the website of the “iPhone Linux” project – http://www.iphonelinux.org/. Fortunately the project advances to its goals and yesterday they announced the availability of its first release. Actually it consists of Open iBoot (the boot manager used to switch between the original iPhone OS and iPhone Linux) and the iPhone Linux installation package. In their blog post you can also find links to a demo video and short instructions on installing it. Have in mind that the binaries needed for the installation are built for Linux and are (still?) not available for other operating systems which means you’ll have to do the iPhone Linux installation only within an already installed Linux on your computer or using a (Ubuntu 8.10) Live CD.

The process is not that sophisticated but requires some knowledge. It is not newbie friendly. The iPhone Linux is not newbie friendly either. It is just a working kernel with a busybox distribution. Only some core drivers are ported but you don’t have at the moment any touchscreen, sound, wireless, GSM and accelerometer support. You’re only stuck to a USB Serial Console and all you can do is start writing drivers and applications… :P Have fun!

Comments

14 Responses to “Linux on iPhone”
  1. Then what’s the point of using linux if you loose almost all the interesting things like touchscreen and such?

  2. The point here is there is a huge progress in Linux development for iPhone. It is now much more easier for developers to port their and/or create new applications for this platform.

  3. inexpensive purses says

    That’s really neat. Will Apple sue the software makers like Microsoft did with the Xbox.

  4. Looks like the website is still going. i’m surprised considering they used the word iphone in the domain.

    I wonder if android works on it?

  5. Cell Master says

    unlike what linux has done to PCs, iPhone linux won’t contribute too much on the price-reduction side but it will on the applications department once the project has picked-up pace. a challenge to App Store.

  6. Betclic says

    Can i use the same Linux for my Iphone and my personnal Computer ? Thx for your responses…

  7. No, you can’t. First of all working drivers should be developed to support of the basic hardware. I suppose after that a special distribution for iPhones will appear as the most of the software will be unapplicable to its input devices.

  8. iPhone says

    Now Linux 2.6 kernel has been ported to Apple’s iPhone it’s enough that a real alternative operating system is running on the iPhone.

  9. Sharing Access says

    I think that Linux really has potential to really take off with iPhone apps. And since I’m all about getting the best deal, wherever it is to be found, I think the competition for the App Store will benefit us all!

  10. iphone says

    Thanks for the great post…awesome…

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