All hail the penguin, as Linux gets ported to iPhone (kinda)

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linux-penguin-on-iphone.jpgThere are plenty of hackers working at unlocking each successive firmware update on the iPhone to allow it to be used with third party applications and on other mobile networks, but some want to change the entire operating system.

A hacker has successfully managed to install Linux onto Apple’s handset, though it has a very limited function set, crucially lacking touchscreen support, accelerometer drivers, baseband, Wi-Fi, and sound support.

The implementation includes a customised bootloader that allows the user to load up either Linux or OS X.

Limited it may be but it’s a start, and developers hope that this could lead to getting Android onto the iPhone. There’s a lot of work to do, though, particularly if people want to continue using the iPhone as a phone.

What do you think? Would you put Linux on the iPhone?

Via Ars Technica

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Andy Merrett