The open-source OS Linux has been ported to the iPhone and iPod for the first time.

A member of the iPhone Dev Team – going by the screen name Planetbeing – has managed to load Linux 2.6’s kernel to the 2G and 3G iPhone, as well as the first generation iPod Touch.

Although many drivers are missing, this first attempt offers support for the framebuffer driver, serial driver, and serial over USB driver.

Certainly enough to announce that the iPhone is running an alternative OS.

The dev team is still working on issues such as enabling write support for the NAND, Wireless networking, Touchscreen support, Sound, Accelerometer and Baseband support.

It would appear there’s still much to be done, but it’s a big step forward for those desperate to have the iPhone able to boot an alternative OS such as Android.

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