Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Nov 2008 21:22 UTC
Linux Even though there are a lot of happy people using Apple's iPhone very happily, there's also a group of people who are not so happy, most likely because of Apple's rather strict policies regarding applications and developers. While most of these people would just jailbreak the thing, some take it a step further - by installing another operating system. Yes, Linux now runs on the iPhone (1st gen/2nd gen, and the 1st gen iPod Touch).
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RE[2]: Wha?
by dagw on Sun 30th Nov 2008 21:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Wha?"
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Why? While people in the Linux community are porting it from device to device to device... and yet to more devices, major issues remain unsolved. No stable API. No stable ABI. No standardization across distributions

This port wasn't done by the Linux community, it wasn't done for the Linux community and it wasn't done to advance the Linux community. It was done for kicks by some people who think this sort of thing is a fun way to kill time. Or are you the sort of person who looks down on people who have hobbies, since the world would be better off if they instead donated their time to charity.

There really is no "Linux community" and any argument based around the assumption that there is is inherently flawed.

I guess my point is, why is it being ported to the iPhone

My guess is because a couple of people wanted to know if it could be done and thought it sounded a bit like fun. Have you never done something for fun without worrying about the greater social ramifications? How (and why) should we stop people working on things they find fun and force them to work on things you find important?

when these major issues remain completely unacknowledged?

Perhaps the people who did this (for fun remember) didn't think that tackling those issues sounded like fun.

You guys want Linux to be the operating system of choice

"We guys" want all kinds of things and have nothing that could even approach a cohesive agenda. Some want Linux to become a dominant force in the OS market and knock MS off the throne, while others want a small easy to hack OS that runs on their toaster. Neither is more 'right'. Most of us simply want an OS the fulfill our personal or professional needs, and if that happens to be Linux then great. If not, then there are other OS's out there.

At its heart Linux isn't a company or organization or charity or social movement or anything else even resembling any of those. It's a bunch of source code that people can pick up and use if it fits their need or simply ignored if it doesn't fit their need. Linux doesn't care one way of the other.

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