Windows RT jailbreak hack gets Apple Rhapsody OS on Surface

The Windows RT jailbreak mod that was first announced several days ago seems to be inspiring a number of developers to install unsigned programs on Microsoft's Windows RT version of its Surface tablet. On Thursday, another programmer released a jailbreak tool that automates the process.

So how are people using this jailbreak tool? An example of those efforts was put on display on Thursday by programmer Steve Troughton-Smith. He used his Twitter account to show off an image of Apple's Rhapsody OS, which is basically an early version of what would later become Mac OS X, running on Microsoft's Surface tablet. He used Rhapsody because, in his words, " ... Windows 95 is too boring."

We should note this is not a true port to the Surface and the software is running in emulation. 

We are likely to see more of these efforts released by homebrew programmers in the days ahead. As we have reported before, Microsoft's official statement on the matter says that this jailbreak mod is not considered to be a security risk for Windows RT users. They add that while they admire what the programmers have done, they point out that the mod has to be activated every time a Windows RT-based tablet is booted up, thanks to the limitations from the UEFI Secure Boot process.

Source: Steve Troughton-Smith | Image via Steve Troughton-Smith
Via: The Verge

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If it was normal Windows on x86 then I would agree, but it's Windows RT and shows what you can do if you jailbreak it.

Tony. said,
If it was normal Windows on x86 then I would agree, but it's Windows RT and shows what you can do if you jailbreak it.

Please... god... can we quit calling it a Jailbreak?

Tony. said,

Unlocking then?


How about "temporarily changing a system setting"

It's only "unlocked" until reboot. And it's only unlocked to a point that you can run unsigned executables.

I should mention I am excited to be able to run some .net software on my surface.

The Laughing Man said,
That's why I said "Imagine" lol

I can imagine it growing legs, flapping its keyboard around the office while shouting "don't cook me, I will melt. you can't eat me, sir don't do it".

NeoTrunks said,
Would be nice to see desktop applications written for ARM running through this.

Hmmm... that's the whole point of the "jailbreak"..

This is interesting because, now that we know running unsigned code is possible, software like Chromium or Firefox can (in theory) be compiled for ARM, allowing you to run it.

What's interesting is all of these people who think we're just steps away from an ARM version of a piece of software because it's open source.

MrHumpty said,
What's interesting is all of these people who think we're just steps away from an ARM version of a piece of software because it's open source.

Open source means anything is possible! That's why we have fully functional builds of Cyanogenmod 10 running on every single Android handset. /s

/reality: open source means people will now tell you "If you want something do it yourself" or "We're doing this for fun/in our free time so stop complaining".

Open Source. Don't like it? Screw off.

MrHumpty said,
What's interesting is all of these people who think we're just steps away from an ARM version of a piece of software because it's open source.

Well, in theory we are. It entirely depends on the software and its dependencies. Some are as simple as a recompile, some require rewrites, and some just aren't possible due to 3rd party libraries that may/may not be recompiled for ARM.

If you really care about running win32 apps, then get a clover trail tablet. they give you the same 8-9 hour battery life that the Windows RT devices do,except you don't have to jailbreak,hunt down some source code,modify it and recompile.

u can disable UEFI boot. just makes it load up slower. so in theory if you disable the UEFI boot than you can make this run every time. boomage. #boomdizzle

Ezekiel Carsella said,
u can disable UEFI boot. just makes it load up slower. so in theory if you disable the UEFI boot than you can make this run every time. boomage. #boomdizzle
no you can't, not on the arm tablets. you can only disable secure boot on x86 machines

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