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You can't run Linux on that: Oh, yeah?


The Cult of Linux blogger has compiled a fun list of "20 Awesome Devices That Run Linux (But Weren't Designed To)."

A common attitude among people who believe in free software is to stick it to “the man.” For some people, that translates into spending a ton of free time porting Linux to devices that were never designed for it.

Are you a risk-taking hacker with expensive devices? Are there any successful hacks you want to add to this list? Here are the top five:

  1. AppleTV: http://www.mactel-linux.org/wiki/AppleTV
  2. Browser: http://www.workspot.com/screenshots/gimp.html
  3. Gmail: http://www.hackaday.com/2005/04/14/run-linux-on-gmail/
  4. GameCube: http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/2004/04/01/warp_pipe.html
  5. Dreamcast: http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT7466555948.html

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11 comments
badiane_ka
badiane_ka

I'm always looking for way to run UNIX like OS' on any hardware I can. I'm presently running MySQL, thttpd, postfix, sshd, X, Perl, Ruby, Forth, zsh, bash on a P100 with 80MB. I, of course, have my Zaurus, Powermac 8500, G4. I haven't loaded it on my IPOD yet. So in the end I love to try and get NetBSD and Linux onto different hardware. I'm not a developer but only an administrator. It's fun to watch a machine which has been written off by windows as being unfit for anything greater than 98 running server applications.

kghia74
kghia74

I love google for this, space that grows, space that runs linux... I've got to try it

jlwallen
jlwallen

thanks to rockbox. probably the best firmware upgrade you'll find for the ipod.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

I couldn't afford hardware costs growing up so my habbits also formed around squeezing software into whatever I could get my hands on. I gotta agree.. it's a thing of beauty to see an old system come back to life and run even better than it did with win98 or whatever it had at the time. (if only my netfinity box hadn't finally died beyond repair)

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

There is also a distro for the PS3 (or at least Sony had the forsight to leave it open enough for a Linux build to happen). A long while back I remember seeing Linux booted on PalmOS devices though this is around the Palm Vx previous releases. If I remember correctly, it was some comp eng students from Ryerson University that did it too or they got ahold of it for there own project work. There are also the devices designed for linux like the controllers for R/C radios and such but those are not really hacks being that the Linux kernel was chosen as the software platform for it. (Have a look through the list of officially supported hardware next time your doing a make xconfig on a kernel source) The best one so far in the list has to be Linux on GMail though.. that wins hands down so far. Absolutely hacktastic.

zultekmilennia
zultekmilennia

Sony intended for Linux to be able to run on PS3. Its kinda their way of sticking to "the man". And with the ability to turn it into a supercomputer, the possibilities are almost endless. on a side note,try inserting an Xbox disc into a PS3. (my friend tried this when he got one last year and got an hilarious message)

seanferd
seanferd

that aside from the peripherals and the hard drive, the system would be unmodified. I think also that it only runs on certain versions of the PS2 with the proper hardware ports. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find enthusiast sites that address both the hardware and software issues. Other modding sites seem to indicate that various mods would not interfere with normal game play. I am still uncertain if the official Sony Linux version is the only one that will run without serious modification. So much for an answer, huh? I only ran across this stuff a couple of months ago. I've been swimming through various mod sites (for a variety of different reasons) and it always seems that there is some prerequisite course of instruction that I am lacking in order to make use of the information found. Many good-sounding links referred to in documents and various sites are currently dead. The official Linux distro was limited, and from 2001 at the latest.

jlwallen
jlwallen

but i just got a new game (Metal Saga) and i'm having too much fun with it. does anyone know if a Linux-modded PS2 can return to the original state?

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

Some colledge geniousus took ten or more PS2's, got a Linux distro running on them then clustered them. One controller and N-1 processing nodes. I'd forgotten about that one until you mentioned the supercomputer bit. Sony did intend the PS3 to accept a Linux distro so it's less of a hack to do it but I don't think the dreamed of the PS2 hardware getting a different software side.

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