Linux now running on an iPhone and the first-gen iPod touch
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Linux now running on an iPhone and the first-gen iPod touch

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.

From the iPhone DevTeam:

What we have:

• Framebuffer driver
• Serial driver
• Serial over USB driver
• Interrupts, MMU, clock, etc.

What we have in openiboot (but hasn't been ported yet):

• Read-only support for the NAND

What we don't have (yet!):

• Write support for the NAND
• Wireless networking
• Touchscreen
• Sound
• Accelerometer
• Baseband support

The current userland we're using, in the interest of expedience, is a Busybox installation created with buildroot, but glibc works fine as well, and we're going to build a more permanent userland solution.

Instructions here: http://www.iphone-dev.org/planetbeing/LINUX-README.txt

Download here: http://91.186.26.18/iphone/files/iphonelinux-demo.tar.gz (look for mirrors in the comments)

EDIT: The instructions are missing the step that you have to select openiboot console from the menu before performing the "sudo ./oibc" step. Just be aware you have to do that if it seems like you're not getting a response from the oibc client.

Project lead: planetbeing

Contributors: CPICH, cmw, poorlad, ius, saurik

If you're experienced with hacking/porting Linux and especially if you're experienced with porting Android, I'd definitely like to hear from you. Come chill in the #iphonelinux channel on irc.osx86.hu. Thanks. :)

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