Linux hits the iPhone!

We knew this day would eventually come, but somehow we're still misting up a little -- Linux has been ported to the iPhone and iPod touch. Dev Team member planetbeing is the mastermind in charge of bringing everyone's favorite open-source OS to Apple's handhelds, and while it's a little rough around the edges (read: no touchscreen drivers, sound, or WiFi / cell radio support), it's definitely the first step on the road to hacking nirvana. The team is hard at work, and it even sounds like they're thinking about porting Android in the near future (!), so hit the read link to try it out and lend a hand if you can -- or just head on past the break for a quick vid of the port in all its text-scrolling glory.

Link: Linux on iPhone
Download: iPhone Linux Demo
Video: iPhone Linux Demo video
News source: Engadget

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It's always interesting to see what people can do with some spare time and elbow grease. It's only a matter of time before Apple's horde of ravenous wallet-suckers give them a call, but until then, my hats off to them. Can't wait to see what happens next!

ppl should stop complaining. So what if linux is on the iphone. The only ppl who would really care about this is the ppl who love linux. An average user is not going to be bothered. When compared to the no. iphones sold vs the no. of linux users who own the iphone.. its not going to matter as much. Its like the jail break software for the iphone and windows mobile version that was recently released..

Alot of people wont bother with this. But to the programmer who did it.. good innovation; theres probably alot you could use it for, but again, mainstream consumers wont bother.

I take it you don't use Linux then TEX4S.

In my opinion

Again - the Linux society is trying to replace something which is superior in so many ways.
is one of the most Ludicrous comments I have heard all year. Personally I like the way the iPhone works very much, but I would disagree with it being "superior in so many ways".

Again - the Linux society is trying to replace something which is superior in so many ways. As soon as I find a flaw in my iPhone 3G - I'll let ya know - then linux can implement something that is so backwards in technology - they will have us using the equivalent of 2 cans attached to a string (terminal)

TEX4S said,
Again - the Linux society is trying to replace something which is superior in so many ways. As soon as I find a flaw in my iPhone 3G - I'll let ya know - then linux can implement something that is so backwards in technology - they will have us using the equivalent of 2 cans attached to a string (terminal)

The terminal is quite powerful, actually, for those who know what they're doing.

Good on'em; as a Linux user I'm always amused to see another device get the treatment, but this is a long way from being something remotely appealing to 99% of owners. Without drivers for the comms and touchscreen it's pretty useless, and those things aren't just going to fall out of the sky. Don't expect this project to be going anywhere fast

plastikaa said,
Apple won't be happy - instead of embracing this they will most likely try and witch hunt it down.

You are probably right. I think the one thing they should consider is that both the iPhone OS and Mac OS X is based on a variant of Unix so in retrospect they are saying that their own OS isn't allowed either. In a way anyways.

How long before Apple unleashes the lawyers at them? sure I don't think anything is illegal here but apple never cares about legality.

Beastage said,
How long before Apple unleashes the lawyers at them? sure I don't think anything is illegal here but apple never cares about legality.

So . . . they do illegal things? I'm not sure what you mean by "Apple never cares about legality."

LTD said,
So . . . they do illegal things? I'm not sure what you mean by "Apple never cares about legality."

Nah. I think it is more of the reverse-engineering bit of things. This kind of thing can open up a whole can of worms and Apple can throw alot of legal crap by enabling the thing to load a rather unrestricted version of linux on it.

I was about to write this story up too. I watched the video, and it looks potentially awesome. I was hoping to see some ubuntu running on it, but this is just the beginning to custom firmwares, and new portable iPhonePC's