If Linux can be ported as a native OS, what about other OSes?

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  1. Noise...

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    For instance, versions of Mac OS 8, 9, or even early OSX?

    The Touch has the specs for them, but would need to be able to run them as the primary OS to make sure that all of the processor's power and all the RAM is going towards it, rather than the iPhone OS.

    I know iPhone Linux is still in very early stages, but it's very much a proof of theory. As time goes by, couldn't it be expanded to other OSes?
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    You would need a whole new kernel, not to mention touch screen support. iPhone Linux is the kernal needed to run Linux but you need to think about the drivers and software you would need the OS to run properly. It's really not worth it.
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    linux is open source, Mac OSX isnt
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    yeah, that's the whole point why it can be legally ported to the iphone/ipd2g
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    No and Yes :>

    No - Mac OS is desktop OS not an Mobile OS

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    Yes - Note that iPhone OS is already modified version of OSX (It use same Darwin kernel) to work with ARM architecture :>

    But there some other exotic OS to think of :> like FreeBSD. Also remember that at Linux you can create tons of different GUIs ;]

    Emmmm... what?

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    Linux is a kernel, iPhone Linux just is name of project and propebly some sort of future name of distribution
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    Mac OS/Windows: Never, the source is closed and can't be ported.

    FreeBSD/OpenBSD/NetBSD: Maybe...but Darwin is already partially based off BSD so the benefits would be negligible.

    OpenSolaris: Possibly, once Sun releases the rest of the Solaris code.



    The most possible would probably be a Darwin-derivative such as PureDarwin. That way, we could keep the overlaying iPhone OS framework but allow other features, such as ZFS or X11. (Hypothetically)
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    That would actually be pretty cool. OpenSolaris is very powerful, but the chances that the iPod could use ZFS is pretty small.
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    True. Plus Solaris utilizes more memory than other comparable systems.
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    They are opened :> besides BSD systems are unix-like and practically runs same software as Linux, so it won't make difference.
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    I lol'd at this thread.

    1) Closed source much?
    2) iPhone has OSX, albeit modified. Uses a OSX kernel
    3) Not all OS'es (hardly any) have ARM support
    4) Keep in mind, no way to use a graphical interface has been made yet.

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