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Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Hobojoe55, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    I am currently working on running Ubuntu on my 2g ipod. I am doing this in a similar way to how bochs can run Windows 98/Me on your ipod.

    I am porting Virtual Box to run on the ipod touch (converting to .ipa) and installing it with installous. I am going to use Virtual Box to run linux.

    I will report back when I am done.

    Wish me luck!
  2. macrumors demi-god


    Good luck, but dear god that'll run slow!

    Take a video if you get it to boot.
  3. macrumors 604


    I wonder if it’ll be fast enough to be usable? ;)
  4. macrumors demi-god


    Not if it is running as a VM.
  5. macrumors 604


    True... Even if he used a latest gen ipod....
  6. macrumors newbie

    I am not aiming for speed i am trying to get it to work. If it works I may improve. The 2g is just my test ipod and i will use a 4g if it works.
  7. macrumors demi-god


    It would be fun to do simply to see it done, but you'll never get it usable as a VM.

    I'm happy to be proven wrong though!
  8. macrumors 604

    Jessica Lares

    The current version of Ubuntu is too heavy for an iPod. I have an old HP machine that came with XP, and can run up to Windows 7 okay, but Ubuntu just lags. You're going to have to take all the eye candy away from it. ;)
  9. macrumors newbie

    I am using a version of ubuntu that my friend has customized for his homemade tablet all the drivers for touchscreen and all that are there. He even got multi touch to play nice.
  10. macrumors demi-god


    You might consider trying to boot a stripped down CLI only version of linux, particularly as a VM.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Well..... I had a boot screen, then desktop, then a full system crash, now its bricked. I guess I'll work on this next week but I'm down for now.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    This thread is hysterical. Op needs to troll harder though, maybe some photoshopped "screenshots" would help?

    Please, don't let me take you away from your valiant effort of "converting Virtual Box to an IPA file". If you have some time in the future grand sensei, I would very much appreciate to know how you managed to single-handedly port several hundred thousand lines of code to iOS, and how you managed to get a binary translator that predominantly targets an x86 host running on ARM instead.

    What's that? Trade secret? Okay then :). Hope you fix your "bricked" iPod Touch 2G. I hear "full system crashes" are particularly bad and difficult to recover from. Maybe we'll get an IPA release next week though!

  13. bmauter, Jan 4, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 5, 2013

    macrumors member

    I find it believable. From the QEMU homepage: "QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer." QEMU (on which VirtualBox is based) is written in C. Therefore the guts are probably pretty straightforward to get going on iOS. The configuration GUI in VirtualBox has to be different, but you don't need it.
  14. phr0ze, Jan 4, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 5, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Nope. Op said virtualbox not Qemu. It is not possible to run VirtualBox on Arm.

    Also OP said that the ubuntu crash caused the ipod to brick. Also not possible if its virtualized.
  15. ScottishCaptain, Jan 4, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

  16. macrumors member

    I wasn't suggesting that he's running QEMU instead of VB. I'm saying it's probably not that hard to get VB running on arm since QEMU can run on arm and VB is based on QEMU.

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