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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What a strange thread
by alcibiades on Mon 1st Dec 2008 08:45 UTC
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Surely the interesting issue is not whether they should be doing it - they do not care one way or the other what people think about this, they are doing it because they feel like it, as some people take up square dancing or birdwatching.

The question is, what effect will it have on Apple and iPhone if it matures into a viable alternative? And what will Apple's reaction be? Will they try to lock the hardware to their own OS?

And secondarily, what will the Mac fraternity find to say in their defence if they do indeed try to lock the hardware? Which I confidently expect they will

(a) by a clause in the Eula, so using a condition on sale, which will provide that by opening the box you agree not to run any OS other than the one supplied with it

(b) by some sort of hardware code to prevent the installation or booting of an alternative OS.

One can hear it now: they had to do this to save their phone hardware business, and to continue to offer those of their customers who do not want to run a different OS the benefits of seamless integration....

Come back Yogi Berra, where are you now that we really need you!

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RE: What a strange thread
by Moochman on Mon 1st Dec 2008 13:37 in reply to "What a strange thread"
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I think your vision of the future is a little skewed.

The iPhone's main strength is its software. Most people who buy it are happy to trade a little freedom for smooth operation. Even if an iPhone-Linux were developed to same usability and aesthetic standards of the real iPhone OS (which seems rather unlikely), I can't imagine anyone outside of a select geek community would feel the need to mess around with it.

Apple would be wise to let this thing slide and pretend it doesn't exist. Chances are low that it will be installed on even 1% of all iPhones -- so let the geeks have their fun.

Edited 2008-12-01 13:39 UTC

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RE: What a strange thread
by apoclypse on Mon 1st Dec 2008 19:31 in reply to "What a strange thread"
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I very much doubt that Apple will say or acknowledge this project. Just like they did with the osx86 project before Psystar came and fscked it up for everyone (not that it will stop anyone from making their own hackintoshes). Apple most likely doesn't care what you do to iPhone as long as you payed for it. They weren't doing all that much about Jailbroken devices in the beginning but had to do something because the community was basically using common security exploits that Apple had to plug in-order to gain enterprise aceptance and its still gets Jailbroken within days of official FW releases. Even Sony does a better job at locking down the PSP, and the only reason to get a PSP is to hack it (because there are no games for the device).

As long as someone is not selling iPhones with Linux installed (China I'm looking at you) I'm sure Apple will act like business as usual. They made the money off of you at the beginning if you bought an iPhone). Where they may get a little pushy is if someone ports the iPhone OS to another device. i'm ure they woudl rain down hell on that person if they tried to sell.

Apple knows that the enthusiast market will do its own thing, regardless of legality, and they know that the only people interested in going through the hassle of installing an alternative OS on a device with an already spectacular OS is not their target audience. They generally leave them alone. They didn't bother the pearpc folks and they didn't bother the osx86 folks so I don't think this will be an issue.

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