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  • [ FIRST VIEW ] OpenSource iPhone? iBoot


    cmw (you may know him as niacin, co-author of the tiff exploit, aka jailbreakme.com) has released iBoot, a tool which lets you access the iPhone bootloader via a console.

    Whats it mean? An important first step towards porting other OS's to the iPhone. cmw has already got iPhoneLinux.org up and running, and is actively porting Linux at the moment.

    Using the dev teams nor hack i managed to patch all of my bootloader code directly into iBoot and build a kernel driver that lets you mount the nand on Linux.
    ModMyI.com teamed up with NegriElectronics.com to get cmw an iPhone to play around with and get that Linux port going, so look for some cool news on that soon.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: [ FIRST VIEW ] OpenSource iPhone? iBoot started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 70 Comments
    1. lightmaster's Avatar
      lightmaster -
      Quote Originally Posted by sean637 View Post
      sorry not really into computers what's this actually implicates? any basic explanation about nits advantages to us? I really need to take software class i feel really left out of everything....pleeease explain.. thanx!
      You know how most people use either Windows computers or Apple computers? These are the Operating Systems (OS). Well, there is another type of OS called Linux, and a growing number of people are using it. Just like Windows or Apple, Linux is actually a group of OS's (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS x 10.4, Linux Ubuntu, Linux Red Hat). The difference between Windows and Linux is that Linux is open-source, meaning that while you have to pay a small fortune for Windows, Linux is relatively free (you might have to pay a buck or two for the cd its burned onto).

      Also, similar to Windows, who has Windows Mobile, Linux has be ported to almost everything you can think of. People have compiled Linux OS's to run on computers, iPods, phones, car navigation systems, one guy even compiled a version of Linux to run on a wrist watch. Now, the next generation of Linux will hopefully be appearing on iPhones and iTouchs.

      The basic implication is that you will soon be able to put almost anything on the iPhone/iTouch... Open Office, other web browsers, full download and upload capabilities, just about anything you can come up with.
      You can go to http://www.linux.org for more information.
    1. tntmorgan's Avatar
      tntmorgan -
      Quote Originally Posted by rasbill View Post
      android on iphone maybe?
      THat's what I'm thinking! Now all we'll need is to add GPS and 3G!
    1. iphoneroeth's Avatar
      iphoneroeth -
      why would you want Linux on the iPhone? (this is not sarcastic but a real question)
    1. lightmaster's Avatar
      lightmaster -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphoneroeth View Post
      why would you want Linux on the iPhone? (this is not sarcastic but a real question)
      Read the last paragraph from my previous post. open office, downloads and uploads
    1. erdcaged's Avatar
      erdcaged -
      also, imagine capturing packets off the wireless interface and cracking wep on the go
    1. lightmaster's Avatar
      lightmaster -
      like i said, just about anything a real computer can do. hopefully even gimp. that would be awesome. the only limitation of what could be put on it would be the power of the processor. Does anyone know what the speed of processor on the iPhone and iTouch is?
    1. watice's Avatar
      watice -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphoneroeth View Post
      why would you want Linux on the iPhone? (this is not sarcastic but a real question)
      I was just thinking that... you're already running OSX stripped down specifically for the iphone, I really don't see anyone being able to put a better OS on there.
    1. erdcaged's Avatar
      erdcaged -
      Quote Originally Posted by lightmaster View Post
      like i said, just about anything a real computer can do. hopefully even gimp. that would be awesome. the only limitation of what could be put on it would be the power of the processor. Does anyone know what the speed of processor on the iPhone and iTouch is?
      iPhone's got a 620MHz ARM
    1. aziatiklover's Avatar
      aziatiklover -
      sorry but yea wicked wat was the point of that? Running linux?
    1. pingwhen's Avatar
      pingwhen -
      Amazingg
    1. iFilipino's Avatar
      iFilipino -
      Quote Originally Posted by LilJohn View Post
      how bout ubuntu mobile on the iPhone?
      Ha! That's probably going to take 3GB of space.
    1. King Chronic's Avatar
      King Chronic -
      Yeah this tool is pretty sick he let me beta test it last night before he released it in the morning
    1. dkostner's Avatar
      dkostner -
      Might this utility be used for fixing the 'iPhone needs repair' problem? Flashing baseband / fixing bootloader for those who have somehow lost their baseband or otherwise corrupted the iPhone?
    1. desepticon's Avatar
      desepticon -
      can't anything written for Linux be ported to iPhone OSX? OSX is essentially a UNIX flavor. If this is the case wouldn't it be easier to simply tweak the apps we need rather than porting a whole new OS?
    1. Chase817's Avatar
      Chase817 -
      LOL. why must we port linux to every machine known to man!?!?!?
      jk, pretty cool tho
    1. snorkrat's Avatar
      snorkrat -
      surely the ideal solution to this would be to keep the iPhone OS X and have a dual boot to either OSX or linux/another OS.
    1. erdcaged's Avatar
      erdcaged -
      Quote Originally Posted by snorkrat View Post
      surely the ideal solution to this would be to keep the iPhone OS X and have a dual boot to either OSX or linux/another OS.
      That is the current idea. cmw is working on the bootloader which will be able to do this.
    1. King Chronic's Avatar
      King Chronic -
      This same guy is working on getting Android working on the iPhone BTW
    1. Oranges's Avatar
      Oranges -
      Will this mean that those of us with failed bootloader downgrades be able to fix our phones? Or even port over the Andriod OS (google phone) later on?

      Hmmmmmm...... Very interesting
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      very, very cool news...