Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 22:43 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

Darwin is the core operating system that lies under both Mac OS X and iPhone OS. It is the true core foundation that bridges the kernel to the actual UI above. (SpringBoard/loginwindow/etc).

With the help of @plus_chan and his Nokia N900, I present to you, Darwin/ARM running on a Nokia N900.

I doubt this has any usefulness whatsoever, but that doesn't make it any less awesome. Great work (via Steven Troughton-Smith).

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Ah, the little phone that could
by Kurt on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 23:08 UTC
Kurt
Member since:
2005-07-11

I still use mine as a mp3 radio in my car.

Reply Score: 3

HangLoose Member since:
2007-09-03

It was the time that Nokia "fought back" and we could see how everything would play out in the future with Maemo and Symbian with QT being the bridge between those two.

Thankfully Elop came and proved that destroyed everything on its path.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Ah, the little phone that could
by XenonXZ on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 10:17 UTC in reply to "Ah, the little phone that could"
XenonXZ Member since:
2011-05-25

I still use my N900 as a main phone, ever since I got it in 2010 :-)

Brilliant device, more handsets should be like it.

Reply Score: 5

bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

yeah with the shoddy USB port that breaks off on many units. I do still have that one sitting in a jar somewhere still.

Reply Score: 3

WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

yeah with the shoddy USB port that breaks off on many units. I do still have that one sitting in a jar somewhere still.


The USB-port is easy to solder back on, though. On my N900 it's still sitting firmly, but then again, I have only used it for charging the phone anyways. Did you know that you can actually solder a 2nd USB-port on the phone, too, under the battery?

Reply Score: 5

Beautiful
by Morgan on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 23:52 UTC
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

Simply beautiful.

Reply Score: 5

RE: Beautiful
by Vanders on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 00:21 UTC in reply to "Beautiful"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

It is. This is the sort of thing the alternative OS scene used to be about: doing cool shit just because you could. Who cares if it's useful? The guy now gets to say: "You know OS X? Yeah I made the kernel run on a 'phone."

Reply Score: 7

Comment by The123king
by The123king on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 00:11 UTC
The123king
Member since:
2009-05-28

Does this mean we could compile Darwin for an Android phone, and copy over the iOS userland (from a jailbroken iPhone, say) and run iOS apps natively on any ARM-based phone?

Obviously there's legal issues involved here, but legally possible != technically possible

Reply Score: 2

RE: Comment by The123king
by Vanders on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 00:19 UTC in reply to "Comment by The123king"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Darwin is very definitely not the same thing as the full iOS or OS X stack, so no.

Reply Score: 4

RE[2]: Comment by The123king
by No it isnt on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 13:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by The123king"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

That wasn't quite the question, as the idea was to run Darwin and then copy the rest of the iOS stack from an iPhone to run on top of it. One reason why it wouldn't work is that none of the hardware has iOS drivers.

Reply Score: 5

RE[2]: Comment by The123king
by fithisux on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 16:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by The123king"
fithisux Member since:
2006-01-22

Combined with puredarwin or gnudarwin, it is better. At least for me. I like Darwing kernel but not Apple's stack. I like KDE/Openbox on X11.

Reply Score: 4

v Usefulness
by Hayoo! on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 02:00 UTC
RE: Usefulness
by Morgan on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 23:10 UTC in reply to "Usefulness"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Nothing wrong with that. If not for that kind of attitude, we wouldn't have half the technology advancements we have today.

Reply Score: 6

RE[2]: Usefulness
by MOS6510 on Sun 24th Nov 2013 11:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Usefulness"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

But it is wrong. People should discover stuff and advance technology without feeling personal achievement.

Because sarcasm. :-p

Reply Score: 5

RE: Usefulness
by tylerdurden on Sun 24th Nov 2013 23:35 UTC in reply to "Usefulness"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Well, this project is far more useful than your comment and less egocentric to boot. So it has that going for it... which is nice.

Edited 2013-11-24 23:35 UTC

Reply Score: 1

Looks like a good learning experience
by lucas_maximus on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 09:27 UTC
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

Looks like the a good learning experience and something to show a new employer.

Reply Score: 6