Linux Kernel Running on the iPhone

Remember that story about the iPhone almost having run Linux as its OS? Well, some enterprising young hackers have now gotten it doing just that -- the Linux Kernel at least, via tether.

No touch control yet, no writing to the actual device, but first steps are first steps, and no doubt other hackers everywhere are already drooling at the possibility...

Or shaking their heads and wondering about Linux's near obsessive need to notch its bedpost with every device on the planet.

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, Vector, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Linux Kernel Running on the iPhone

14 Comments

Lol @ the first response.
As for the news, it's great. The possibilities are endless with an open platform. And dual-boot is nice.

I don't really care about this video, but I only visit TIPB on my iPhone and can't see the vids. They need to be Youtube. Grapes and a fan would be nice too.

Yes, I want to install Linux on my iPhone too! Then spray paint it orange, then make a belt clip out of cardboard and duct tape. :roll:

Kernel /shmernal..... the farther we can get the iphone away from those thought-nazis in Cupertino... even these initial baby steps, the better off the free-thinking world will be ! ;-)

@Hildebrandt:
Exactly. This platform is being used to sell music and crippled for anything that threatens that function. Can you imagine the possibilities of a truly Open framework
Then there is this quote:
"Or shaking their heads and wondering about Linux’s near obsessive need to notch its bedpost with every device on the planet."
The way forward, Rene Ritchie is thru Open Platforms.
Scoff as you will at G1 and Android, in 3 years that platform will make the iPhone and its successors look like the single floppy drive 256k PC.

They must be referring to those thought-nazis who revolutionized the very mobille phone that somehow attracted them to this site.
I'm sure we'll see them back here someday asking for help when their Franken-phones don't ring, don't connect online, freeze-up, etc., etc., etc., :lol:

I must admit that an open framework will make the possibilities endless... Of course to have an OS that one can interact with will take a lot of work. Oh well, Iphone OS works perfect... still better than any of the others out there.