iPhone Linux!

The iPhone is certainly known for its elegance and beauty, but around these parts it's also known for being closed and proprietary. The Open Source community does a little cheer when we hear about jailbreaking the iPhone -- but soon we'll have even more to party about. Led by planetbeing (a member of the iPhone Dev Team), the project has successfully booted the 2.6 Linux kernel on one of the little beasties. It's still very much in the early stages, but now the forbidden fruit will be able to run Linux under its peel.

For more juicy details, check out their blog, or watch the video below:

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Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter

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Dead project?

Brandon M. Sergent's picture

What happened? For historical purposes.

All after all my words

Free Music's picture

All after all my words took:) same wished to tell:) basically yes to have iPhone it cool! the most important kernel!

Come on my site: Free Music

nice blog cobro

Wesley Gibson's picture

nice blog
cobro

Apple can send updates to

Wesley Gibson's picture

Apple can send updates to iPhones by the push of a button, and I simply feel uncomfortable with this world-domination type of power. It will also be cool to use the iPhone in ways that Apple never thought of

No, that isn't how the iPhone

Voice of reason's picture

No, that isn't how the iPhone updates work at all... the user has the option to install or not install updates. The only thing automated by default is a notification that an update is available to download.

cellphone enabled?

LKRaider's picture

I suspect that it will take a while (or ever?) for the iPhone to actually work as a linux-based cellphone. Probably it will run as a wifi-enabled mobile system only.

Openmoko?

Andre's picture

Android? I can only think about OpenMoko OS running on Iphone. Don't like Google's concept of freedom.

Why would I do that?

Edmundo's picture

Why would I install Linux on my iPhone? What would I win doing that?
If it is just "because I can do so" I think it is not enough.
I have already payed the cost for the OS it currently runs and all the "ecosystem" for the phone was made for that OS.

Because we can. And screw

Anonymous's picture

Because we can. And screw apple for blocking linux users from being able to just USE the thing without having to hack it first.

Curious

Jason's picture

Goblin, I can't help but wonder: What on earth you mean by "ecosystem"?

Return to sender

goblin's picture

Um, Jason, it was Edmundo who used the word "ecosystem", not me...

But I reckon he means all applications and services by "ecosystem".

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goblin, the "I'm not Edmundo"-guy

Your own reason and no other

goblin's picture

If you don't want to run Linux on your iPhone, then don't! Linux is all about freedom and choice, and you're about to get one more option, one more degree of freedom. So feel free to do what you want for your own reasons. Actually "because I can do so" is one of the best reasons I can think of.

Personally I like the idea that I control hardware I paid for - Apple can send updates to iPhones by the push of a button, and I simply feel uncomfortable with this world-domination type of power. It will also be cool to use the iPhone in ways that Apple never thought of, or to put my well known Linux applications on it.

My Thoughts...

Shawn Powers's picture

I was thinking Android + Sweet Hardware = Awesome. :)

Shawn Powers is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal. You might find him chatting on the IRC channel, or Twitter

We could wait ...

Edmundo's picture

Maybe Google could make a second version for their phone ... if just the economics helped =(

Is Android Next?

theillien's picture

Now that they've got the kernel running it is only a matter of time before they either load up Android or a custom Linux distro. Let's see what they do before my current phone contract expires at the end of February. Maybe I'll own an iPhone after all.

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