Linux on the iPhone!

Reading this on the http://linuxoniphone.blogspot.com just made my day.Steve Jobs must be thoroughly annoyed. First the unlocking and now this. Life we just be much easier if the iPhone was opened up.

LINUX ON THE IPHONE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2008

Linux on the iPhone!
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.

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.

A demonstration video can be s [From Linux on the iPhone: Linux on the iPhone!]

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