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    <object width="400" height="533"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2373142&amp;server=vimeo.com &amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portr ait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2373142&amp;server=vimeo.com &amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portr ait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="533"></embed></object><br /><a href="http://vimeo.com/2373142">iPhone Linux Demonstration Video</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user983560">planetbeing</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.

    The Dev Team has reached a new milestone today, as the first alternative operating system for the hardware, Linux, is now successfully running on the iPhone.

    The first build is considered a draft version and is working on the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and the original iPod touch. The software mostly includes the Linux 2.6 kernel and some basic graphics, serial and functional drivers that are just enough to get a command line running when input is sent over the USB interface. However, the accelerometer, audio, networking and not even the touchscreen have received any software support as of yet.

    The Dev Team has also created OpeniBoot , a basic multi-boot front end, that lets users toggle between an alternative platform and Apple's own OS.

    Although the project is still limited it is nonetheless the first known instance of a non-OS X operating system working on Apple's touchscreen devices. Jailbreaking and unlocking handsets were the only previous modifications that have been successful.

    Furthermore, the Dev team has outlined its new goals and is searching for programmers to help with the project; the next step they say is to hopefully run Google's equally Linux-based but more elaborate Android mobile operating system on the iPhone.

    Source: AppleInsider | iPhone Dev Team successfully boots Linux on iPhone
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Dev Team boots Linux on iPhone! started by AppleChic View original post
    Comments 62 Comments
    1. nmejunkie's Avatar
      nmejunkie -
      It's a start for everyone who's been waiting forever.
    1. jmano0o's Avatar
      jmano0o -
      so what does this mean for all of us?
    1. rdwalsh's Avatar
      rdwalsh -
      Quote Originally Posted by jmano0o View Post
      so what does this mean for all of us?
      It means we are closer to be able to support multiple os's on our Apple Devices, with a more open ability to do more with the device itself
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      it means another OS running on the iphone and once it gets fine tuned, expect options, also android shouldn't be far from
    1. enigma222's Avatar
      enigma222 -
      Amazing work
    1. ihawk0789's Avatar
      ihawk0789 -
      when they said linux i thought they meant a linux distro like slax able to work on the iphone
    1. elr0y7's Avatar
      elr0y7 -
      Sweet, taking my linux class next semester so maybe I can utilize this.
    1. volcanomike's Avatar
      volcanomike -
      Quote Originally Posted by ihawk0789 View Post
      when they said linux i thought they meant a linux distro like slax able to work on the iphone
      Linux is a kernel.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Really hope Android works on the iPhone!!! If it does I'll never go back to Apple's firmwares.
    1. hondakorn's Avatar
      hondakorn -
      bad ***!! this is the kind of stuff worth donating for!!
    1. scottjl's Avatar
      scottjl -
      bleh. why would anyone care? lol. it will never be as refined and polished as apple's existing OS on the interface.. don't get me wrong, i like linux, run ubuntu, but there isn't any practical value to this..
    1. Dizz's Avatar
      Dizz -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottjl View Post
      bleh. why would anyone care? lol. it will never be as refined and polished as apple's existing OS on the interface.. don't get me wrong, i like linux, run ubuntu, but there isn't any practical value to this..
      There's plenty of practical value. Bye bye apple restrictions. This will open doors to more modding capability. The list of possibilities is so long I have no idea where to begin listing all the benefits we we see from this. Finally, we will be able to use the iPhone to it's fullest capability!!
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      dual booting between android and mobile os x, can you imagine that?!

      question: with the new bootloader, would it be possible to partition the iphones hard drive and multi boot possibly 2 versions of mobile os x? i.e. 1 for business with exchange on, 1 for personal. this would be very handy if it would be possible?

      i hate getting my work email at 9pm when im chillaxin at home
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      This is very cool. I used to run linux on my ipod photo before the screen died on me and loved it. I can't wait to see it in action on my phone.
    1. Emir S.'s Avatar
      Emir S. -
      Uhhm, this has been posted under user posted News section a day or two ago. Let's not take credit for someone else's findings please, AppleChick.

      As far as Linux kernel on iPhone, this is great as it puts us quite a few steps closer to UME or android dualboot as well as custom made light Linux distros. This also can lead to WinMo on the iPhone as well.
      To me, the iPhone was always more about the hardware then software as iPhone OS is seriously lacking in terms or productivity.
    1. smirkis's Avatar
      smirkis -
      how would android on the iphone even work, they use a actual keyboard, we use touchscreen. even if we got it to load, it would have to be fully redone. and all software that gets released regularly for android G1 wouldn't even work for us because of hardware issues unless some how they can set a program to redirect specific software requests for like keyboard to digital keyboard touch screen. i see so many things wrong with that
    1. cricketlang's Avatar
      cricketlang -
      That is seriously out of control. Leave it to the Dev Team to blow my mind once again.
    1. RicardoFelix's Avatar
      RicardoFelix -
      This is damn awesome.
    1. iPh0wned's Avatar
      iPh0wned -
      stupid.... its like putting a custom engine into a ferrari. granted apple is being a ***** holding out on us with stuff like MMS, copy/paste, and so on, but all these things can be done with jailbreaking.

      im sure all that time put into getting Linux on the iphone couldve been put to setting up an integrated copy paste functionality....
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by smirkis View Post
      how would android on the iphone even work, they use a actual keyboard, we use touchscreen. even if we got it to load, it would have to be fully redone. and all software that gets released regularly for android G1 wouldn't even work for us because of hardware issues unless some how they can set a program to redirect specific software requests for like keyboard to digital keyboard touch screen. i see so many things wrong with that
      Im pretty sure that by the time we reach that road, the google android OS will be available and distributed in more handsets, and Im sure one will have a touchscreen keyboard. The G1 is just the first android phone.. and being made by HTC, its pretty much a more advanced tmobile wing. Hopefully other manufactures like LG and Nokia will jump on this and create an actual phone more deserving and desirable than the bulky G1.