Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Feb 2018 23:07 UTC
Linux

There are two major reasons I can think of to hack a game console. The first one is obvious: so you can play cracked copies of games. That’s why modern consoles are so difficult to hack, because millions of dollars are on the line.

But some people just want to run any software they choose on the hardware they own. And for those people, Linux on the Switch is a huge achievement.

I'm surprised it even took this long.

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judgen
Member since:
2006-07-12

The switch is perhaps the best nvidia enabled arm plattform there is at the moment. Running linux on it, and perhaps pairing it with a decent bluetooth keyboard would make for an excellent linux machine, with game emulators lige mame and others perhaps the best and most capable of the handheld size candidates. GPD Win2 is still using intel 615 at best and is about 50% slower than even the ION2 nvidia plattoform commonly seen in netbooks from 2010-2012. (the cpu is a lot faster though, so it weighs up for that shortfall somewhat)

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Aside of people who think they're doing something cool, who would buy a $300usd Switch just to run Linux on it when there are several cheaper alternatives with better performance?

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evilbastard Member since:
2006-03-22

Because they can?

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