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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. RicardoFelix's Avatar
      RicardoFelix -
      This is on my iphone, its not what you expect, its not as good as the ipod video version.

      Its beta so yeah, keep upaded on here: blog.iphone-dev.org
    1. kaitlyn2004's Avatar
      kaitlyn2004 -
      I would load *ANY* other OS on my iphone, just so I could get turn-by-turn navigation!!!
    1. Tuna_Oddfellow's Avatar
      Tuna_Oddfellow -
      this will mean far more options for the jailbrake community. The devteam has no power over Apple's timelines to do things like copy paste.

      What the devteam does is create ways for our hand held personal computer to be far more advanced than apple will allow us to be.
    1. steverae's Avatar
      steverae -
      This is great news.... it means that we may (like people have said) have an alternative to iphoneOS.

      God Devteam.
    1. zatpgw's Avatar
      zatpgw -
      I can't wait to put Windows Mobile on my iPhone!



































      J/k.
    1. Chase817's Avatar
      Chase817 -
      This is awesome.
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      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
      They are running a BusyBox implementation, and almost all of the popular linux distros around are using one of 3 GUIs - KDE, Gnome, or Xfce. None of these would work on the iPhone at this point, not to mention this is very early and they haven't yet reverse-engineered the touchscreen control. The point is that the linux kernel is running successfully on its own on the iPhone.


      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
      For one, the android os is in no way dependent on the HTC phones currently officially supported, and it has been run on lots of other hardware before, some using touchscreen. Also, since android is open source, it would not be difficult to implement a soft-keyboard client that would simply send identical commands that a hardware keyboard would send. It's really not an issue.

      Quote Originally Posted by RicardoFelix View Post
      Its beta so yeah, keep upaded on here: blog.iphone-dev.org
      That's not the right blog, are posted here: Linux on the iPhone



      Anyways, as much as I love my iPhone I am super happy to see this development. Android is likely no more than a few months away, and I'm excited to see how this all plays out. Can't wait to play HL1 on my iPhone!
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      I guess its cool for the nerds but there is no point in replacing the iPhone's already incredibly good OS.
    1. 461am's Avatar
      461am -
      ^no point in jailbreaking at all then, eh? And yet we're still all here.
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Congrats to the developers! Looking forward to whats to come....
    1. frobroj's Avatar
      frobroj -
      WOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
      You folks rock!
    1. Emir S.'s Avatar
      Emir S. -
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      I guess its cool for the nerds but there is no point in replacing the iPhone's already incredibly good OS.
      Just out of curiosity, what part of the stock iPhone OS do you find incredible? Stock meaning not jailbroken and enhanced.
      I'm not looking to flame, I'm just wondering want people are actually impressed with.
      I for one find it not only lacking but quite mediocre in terms of functionality. Hence why many of us Jailbreak.
    1. WillyDavidK's Avatar
      WillyDavidK -
      Quote Originally Posted by Emir S. View Post
      Just out of curiosity, what part of the stock iPhone OS do you find incredible? Stock meaning not jailbroken and enhanced.
      I'm not looking to flame, I'm just wondering want people are actually impressed with.
      I for one find it not only lacking but quite mediocre in terms of functionality. Hence why many of us Jailbreak.
      Ever used a RAZR?
    1. ghandioncesaid's Avatar
      ghandioncesaid -
      Once this is developed a bit more we could start to see custom ROMs for the iPhone, including, but not limited to, Windows Mobile 6, which isn't for everyone but the "Touchflo" software would make it exponentially more practical to use on the iphone. Not to mention Windows Mobile inclusions such as MMS, video, cut, cop, paste, excel, word, phone as modem and a plethora of 3rd party softwares that has been developed for years. This could be incredible with the port of apple's keyboard, because the WiMo touch screen keyboard is 98% unusable, and a browser as good as safari (maybe deepfish). I haven't heard anything on that since I switched to the iPhone, but it was supposed to be pretty good.
    1. Emir S.'s Avatar
      Emir S. -
      Quote Originally Posted by WillyDavidK View Post
      Ever used a RAZR?
      What does a RAZR have to do with any smart phone?
      You are comparing a bicycle with an SUV.
      Have you ever used a Palm device or WinMo?
      Have you ever used UME?
      That's what the iPhone OS needs to be compared to. Not a RAZR.
      No wonder people are happy with it.
    1. phillipxenxciel's Avatar
      phillipxenxciel -
      this is awesome!!! i got an G1 not long ago and i love it~~i still have a itouch 2gen, hopefully they will able to port android or others linux OS to iphone or itouch~~great work DEV team
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      Jailbreaking the OS on the iPhone and giving the iPhone a completely new OS are two completely different things. The iPhone's OS is way better than any Windows device i have ever used. It is lacking in some aspects but thats what jailbreaking is for. We jailbreak to enhance the already stellar OS, not to replace it. Even if this becomes so easy to use and so widespread that its as simple as jailbreaking i am still going to stick with Apple's OS, it is way better than any other OS i have ever used
    1. safinator's Avatar
      safinator -
      holy crap

      i just read the instructions on how to do it and it said that it could messup your phone to the point where it will never boot up properly and your computer will never recognize it. Thats way to risky
    1. Carrbone's Avatar
      Carrbone -
      u guys are so bent on android... YUCK-

      How about loading Palm OS.

      There is more software for Palm then probably any other mobile platform.
    1. y0ungSir's Avatar
      y0ungSir -
      ^ You apparently never used android. Android have unlimited functionality.