Linux now running on Apple iPhone (with video) – Google Android on iPhone next?

“I’m pleased to announce that the Linux 2.6 kernel has been ported to Apple’s iPhone platform, with support for the first and second generation iPhones as well as the first generation iPod touch. This is a rough first draft of the port, and many drivers are still missing, but it’s enough that a real alternative operating system is running on the iPhone,” PlanetBeing reports for the “Linux on the iPhone” blog:

iPhone Linux Demonstration Video from planetbeing on Vimeo.

More info here.

Scott Nichols muses for Computerworld, “It looks like PlanetBeing isn’t just thinking of running Linux on iPhones. On his blog he also says that he is interested in working with people experienced with Google’s Android OS. Might this be an indication that we could have the Android OS running on our iPhones in the future? It sure looks that way. Though I doubt Google will do this, maybe it should get working on an official Android port before some very skilled hackers beat them to it.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Linux on iPhone. For everyone who’s been dying to use their iPhones as Web servers. wink


  1. Linux is a turd

    Yea but it’s a turd that lets you do what you want.

    Turds are carbon based, work on it hard enough and it could become a diamond.

    Portable wifi anyone?

    Oh yea, Apple pulled the plug on that one didn’t they?

  2. OK. Now someone tell us how this makes the iPhone/Touch more useful or more enjoyable. This is just a stunt, by someone with too much time on his hands, to show it can be done. Big f*****g deal!

    Face it. Linux outside the server room remains a niche player. Desktop Linux is a chimera. Check back in ten years and it will still be a bit player.

  3. It gives you the freedom to do whatever you want with your iPhone/iPod Touch. That’s why. It may not be for everyone, but for people that want complete control over their device, Linux is the way to go.

  4. MDN was a bit slow on the uptake with this one! It’s been on other sites for days and I thought that given the unMacness of the whole thing they wouldn’t feature it… good work on that comment, ron.

  5. What’s the point of Linux on the iPhone. MacOS X is UNIX and Linux is just the poor substitute for UNIX to make the DOS users more comfortable with the commands. My opinion is stop using the hacked up mashed Linux and start using a World Class UNIX (Free BSD is a good starting point). The FreeTards will never get a stable Linux OS on the iPhone that is anywhere within 10,000 miles as good as the iPhone’s MacOS X. Android is a joke compared to the iPhone too, so, stop wasting everyone’s time and go back to working on a useful port of something.

  6. Wow…! (not) Command line interface on a hand-held computer with no keyboard. Brilliant.

    The guy on the video says, “The purpose should be fairly obvious.” The purpose being to run Linux on an iPhone. But most people would smile at that comment because they can’t fathom any reason to run Linux on an iPhone. Just to do it may be OK for these ultra-geeks, but that’s not a “purpose” for most people.

  7. First off, this is a dual boot iPhone. I think that it shows technical prowess to do this and those responsible are quite the technical masters.

    Another is that this shows the versatility of the iPhone, that it really is a computer, not a phone. This is more of an experiment anyway, why do people get their underwear in a bunch?

    If you want wifi on your iPhone, jailbreak it. There are currently two apps that are available in Cydia that allow you to tether your iPhone to other computers to share the internet connection. A jailbroken iPhone allows you to access more features and a wider range of personalization than the stock phone.

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