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Linux Coming to the Nintendo DS

CowboyNeal posted more than 9 years ago | from the handheld-servers dept.

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GamersZion writes "A recent IRC conversation with ChaosKnight, a member of the DS Linux development team, revealed information about the status of the DS Linux project. 'It was a bit tough to get the ball rolling, but with PassMe fully functional and everything starting to fall in order, I wouldn't be surprised to see an alpha release within the next month.' While little information is being revealed about the release of this anticipated software, it looks like we can be expecting it sometime in the short future."

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Wait a minute... (5, Funny)

EtherAlchemist (789180) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119906)


Paris Hilton isn't involved, is she?

Wrong platform (-1, Offtopic)

PxM (855264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119966)

You're thinking of Linux on the T-mobile Sidekick [theregister.co.uk]

--
Want a free Nintendo DS, GC, PS2, Xbox. [freegamingsystems.com] (you only need 4 referrals)
Wired article as proof [wired.com]

Re:Wrong platform |Fake signature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120019)

if you ever get those consoles from your FAKE SIGNATURE (IE its apended to the message , thus its offtopic ) you can install linux on them.
Spam stops at home , dont propigate it

Universal OS. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12119907)

"Linux Coming to the Nintendo DS"

Maybe we should compile a short list of what Linux DOESN"T run on.

Re:Universal OS. (2, Funny)

wheany (460585) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119936)

I'm pretty sure it doesn't run on a piece of tofu.

Re:Universal OS. (5, Funny)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119977)

I'm pretty sure it doesn't run on a piece of tofu.

Well, doh. You have NetBSD for that.

Re:Universal OS. (1)

Rassleholic (591097) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120203)

Agreed. It actually kind of slogs along, leaving a minuature canyon of soybeany goodness behind it.

Re:Universal OS. (2, Insightful)

Koiu Lpoi (632570) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119997)

It's going to be a very short list. Almost anything we call a 'computer' (and that is going to include almost all gaming systems) is going to run - the only challenges you have are a) getting it to compile on whatever processer you run b) all types of I/O, memory addressing, etc. there's enough geeks out there that we can have linux on pretty much anything. Give it a month, I expect Linux on the PSP as well. They've already got Linux on the Playstation 2, so I don't see it taking much time.

Re:Universal OS. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120040)

That's easy: just take the set of things that
NetBSD runs on, and subtract the set of things
that Linux will run on. What's left over is
the (considerably large) set of things that
linux can't run on.

Re:Universal OS. (2, Interesting)

tonsofpcs (687961) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120232)

I have yet to see either run on a TI calculator (z80 [82/83/84/85/86] or m68k [89, 92]). I don't think Linux runs on any Z80 [please correct me if I am wrong], so there goes my two TRS-80s (one model 3, one CoCo), and also my two Sharp 1500s (one 1500A, one 1500; these are the same as the TRS-80 PC-2s)

Re:Universal OS. (0, Offtopic)

sp3tt (856121) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120080)

My brain.

See... (5, Funny)

Simon Garlick (104721) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119909)

...THAT'S what Debian needs to get its release schedule back on track. Project leaders with names like "ChaosKnight".

Welll.... (3, Funny)

Enjoi (857482) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119910)

If they can get it on an NT Kernel [slashdot.org] , they can get it on anything :P

WooHoo!! (4, Insightful)

deggy (195861) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119912)

If I could run an ssh client and a web browser on a DS with a wireless connection i'd go out and buy one tomorrow!!

warwalking (1)

bird603568 (808629) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120005)

If you put kismet on that I don't think anybodu would notice it. Think about the potential. Instead of using a pda and surfing it just looks like your playing DS.

Re:WooHoo!! (2, Interesting)

gameboyhippo (827141) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120168)

I would very much like to see an X server run on the DS. With the touchscreen, it would make a very nice PDA

You don't need a DS for that. (2, Interesting)

uberjoe (726765) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120314)

You should get a Zaurus. http://openzaurus.org [openzaurus.org]

Great! (4, Funny)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119915)

Now i can play all these great gam--oh, wait...

Just kidding. It's cool, and it might open a door to extend the DS functionality beyond a gaming platform. More like a small PDA, perhaps? It even has the touchpad!

Great!-Breakin-in is hard to do. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12119954)

"Just kidding. It's cool, and it might open a door to extend the DS functionality beyond a gaming platform. More like a small PDA, perhaps? It even has the touchpad!"

At least people will have a nice telnet client to log into their locked-up Linux machines.

Re:Great! (2, Insightful)

mrseigen (518390) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119957)

Well, Linux definitely has more games than the DS at this point. What a completely dismal line-up.

Re:Great! (5, Interesting)

Jace of Fuse! (72042) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120047)

Ignoring that Mario 64 is still a great game (and still fun, even if dated), I wonder how it is some people seem to ignore the fact that there are still countless great GBA games that will play on a DS.

Even if they are ignored for simply not being specifically for the DS, that's still more good games than are available for the PSP.

In fact, I personally only really consider Lumines to be the only good game for the PSP. I can't play my copy though. I've had to return NINE PSPs for being defective (in several different ways) and am currently now without a PSP.

Re:Great! (1)

Evangelion (2145) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120089)


FYI, the Rez / Lumines creator has a game coming out in the US for the DS (it's been out in Japan for a while) called Meteos. If you want the japanese version, you can import it from lik-sang [lik-sang.com] .

Re:Great! (1)

Jace of Fuse! (72042) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120161)

THANKS for the pointer! I really liked REZ and I really do like Lumines. In fact, Lumines is the very reason I haven't totally given up on the PSP. I would have kept trying, but the Wal-mart stores I kept buying/returning the systems to ran out of stock due to people returning them. The stores in my area must have all gotten a bum-batch. Every one of them has annoyingly visible dead pixels, fingerprints inside the screens, dust inside the screens, missing or broken Memory-Slot doors, and other such obvious reasons for exchange.

I will definately have to pick up Meteos.

Re:Great! (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120096)

I wonder how it is some people seem to ignore the fact that there are still countless great GBA games that will play on a DS.

My guess would be that, like myself, most people who know how many great GBA games there are already have a GBA to play them on

Honestly, there's just not a hell of a lot either of the two new handhelds have to offer me.

Re:Great! (1)

Jace of Fuse! (72042) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120131)

Honestly, there's just not a hell of a lot either of the two new handhelds have to offer me.

I felt the same way. I already had a GBA and an SP. Then I played the 4 player battle in Mario 64 and was hooked. There are more than 10 people where I work who regularly duke it out before, durring (on break of course), and after work. Plus replaying Mario 64 seemed like a chore I didn't want to get into but I found myself playing it through again and realizing why I liked it so much. 150 stars later I finally decided it really was/is a great game, and the added features made the game worthy of a replay even almost 10 years later.

Those of my co-workers who never played the original thoroughly loved playing Mario 64 through to the end, and some of them are still working on it. I figure this is probably the case for many people. Many people missed out on Mario 64, and this is their second chance to see what made this game so great.

And for what it's worth, Yoshi Touch And Go is so unique (and actually fun) that while I was skeptical at first, I have actually found myself playing it more than I expected I would. It's not just that it's a unique control concept, but the fact that it's really just good addictive fun that keeps me playing it.

Re:Great! (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120221)

Eh, no one I know plays many video games, so multiplayer is just a non-issue.

If I decided to get a DS for some other reason, then I would probably pickup Mario 64, but not just FOR that game.

Re:Great! (1)

radish (98371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120376)

I've had to return NINE PSPs for being defective

Wow. I've personally bought 4 PSPs (1 jap import, 3 US models) and they've all been fine. You must have caught a bad batch. What were the faults?

Re:Great! (3, Interesting)

shirai (42309) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120178)

I know you were being funny, but this does open up the door for potentially running MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator). The DS is an interesting platform for this since the lower screen could be used to insert quarters, push Player 1/2 start buttons, etc.

Of course, I'd really be wanting this on the PSP with its gorgeous screen (if you own one, you know what I'm talking about). Since it has a memory card (better to hold games with) it would probably be the better overall MAME platform. I'm getting excited just thinking about it.

Re:Great! (1)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120198)

Oh, we can only hope. I know i'm not the only one who preffers to play old games than 90% of the news tuff - be it MAME, ScummVM, VICE, old console games or whatever.

Re:Great! (3, Informative)

idlake (850372) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120270)

Get an Archos PMA-400; similarly gorgeous screen, it runs Linux out of the box, and it doesn't use any proprietary disks.

Re:Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120293)

Fair enough, but it doesn't play PSP games does it?

Also, in terms of market penetration, the PSP will kick ass once it gets underway.

I thought the article said... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12119919)

... Nintendo DS Coming to Linux.

D'oh!

Re:I thought the article said... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120368)

Screen Shot? [darkain.com] - It isn't quite "Linux", but it IS for the DS, and known as "DarkStar"

mmh (-1, Offtopic)

geniium (633562) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119920)

what about linux in a flying toaster?

Re:mmh (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119961)

Bah, I want Linux on the toast!

Re:mmh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120082)

Nope. Already been done. :)

We're Back (5, Funny)

numbware (691928) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119923)

Now I KNOW we are back to regular Slashdot. Attempts to run Linux on everything solid. :)

-Justin

Re:We're Back (4, Funny)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119982)

Now I KNOW we are back to regular Slashdot. Attempts to run Linux on everything solid. :)

Actually, I recently managed to install Linux on a cubic metre of fresh air. I'd take photos, but it admittedly looks a bit unimpressive...

Re:We're Back (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120057)

Well, I'll tell ya one thing - that air ain't fresh any more.

Some Linux installation. Pfft.

Re:We're Back (1)

mattgorle (807823) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120286)

Does this open up new possibilities for compression?

"Linux... UNDER PRESSURE!"

Re:We're Back (1)

rishistar (662278) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120396)

Why don't you put it in front of the Tower of London. That would make an impressive backdrop even if the thing itself isn't so good to look at.

Re:We're Back (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120442)

Nah, put it in front of that copyrighted park sculpture in Chicago!

Re:We're Back (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120413)

Actually, I recently managed to install Linux on a cubic metre of fresh air. I'd take photos, but it admittedly looks a bit unimpressive...

But what's that in attoparsecs?

wait a sec... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12119924)

Linux on Nintendo DS?

Knock it off....April Fools was yesterday.

We all know there is no such thing as a Nintendo DS

Advertising Works, Content Doesn't? (-1, Offtopic)

crawfles (518817) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119926)

Not too spammy...

just wondering... (2, Insightful)

weavermatic (868696) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119932)

Why do you people want to put linux on everything under the sun?

Re:just wondering... (2, Insightful)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119943)

Because they can? Let the nerds be happy i say.

Re:just wondering... (1)

aklix (801048) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119951)

I think it's more of the challenge that drives us to it.

Either that or a group of people get really bored.

just wondering...Port Appeal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120125)

"I think it's more of the challenge that drives us to it. "

So why don't we hear about Linux running on Natalie Portman?

"Either that or a group of people get really bored."

That's what the right hand's for.

Re:just wondering... (4, Interesting)

aslate (675607) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120011)

Because it might actually be useful?

Set up the DS with a browser, use the wireless to get on the internet, the touchscreen would make a great way to navigate the net or type. You could turn it into a PDA of sorts.

Re:just wondering... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120012)

To demonstrate the diverse flexability of our favorite OS. Because It is fun and educational, and we solve problems in the process that are useful in real world applications. and because we are able to do so (and you are probably not), in a word, ego.

why does anybody do anything beyond the daily ritual: eat, shit, pay taxes; (wash rince repeat)?

Re:just wondering... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120015)

Because we can and because you can't.

Re:just wondering... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120024)

Doesn't this guy remind us of Tom from Office Space?

Well, look, I already told you. I deal with the goddamn customers so
the engineers don't have to!! I have people skills!! I am good at
dealing with people!!! Can't you understand that?!? WHAT THE HELL IS
WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!!!!!!!

Simple :-) (1)

ForresterInc (785824) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120069)

Because we choose to.

Re:Simple :-) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120128)

Thanks Neo

Re:just wondering... (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120115)

Because it doesn't require a TPS report.

Re:just wondering... (0, Flamebait)

tofucubes (869110) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120472)

well there's this crazy team of black hats called microsoft or M$ and they make very contagious viruses (aka features) and they release them in waves (i.e. windows ME, windows 98)...
anyway linux is being used to protect everything from M$'s contagious diease. It's like sun block for skin cancer. It's there but not everyone uses it.

\.-ed (0)

IorDMUX (870522) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119934)

This early on a Satruday and it's already down? Shouldn't most of you be sleeping now?

Re:\.-ed (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12119999)

Backslashdotted ! Now that is evil !

Re:\.-ed (1)

pegr (46683) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120071)

This early on a Satruday and it's already down?

No, it's worse than that...

"We are currently experiencing server difficulties, please remain calm as they are being resolved."

Kicking a server when it's down... Have you no shame CowboyNeil? ;)

In other News... (5, Funny)

big_groo (237634) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119938)

From the dept-of-craptastic-journalism-dept

"A recent IRC conversation with *insert_generic_nic_here*, a member of the Link_goes_here [insertlinkhere] development team, revealed information about the status of the *instert_name* project. 'It was a bit tough to get the ball rolling, but with *insert_function* fully functional and everything starting to fall in order, I wouldn't be surprised to see an alpha release within the next month.' While little information is being revealed about the release of this anticipated *insert_something*, it looks like we can be expecting it sometime in the short future."

I for one can't wait!

Re:In other News... (1)

kclittle (625128) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119968)

And of course, use of this template must be instantiated TWICE within three hours on /. using the exact same parameters -- dups are *required*.

Re:In other News... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120375)

Coming soon to Slashdot: "A recent IRC conversation with CmdrTaco, a member of the Slashdot [slashdot.org] website and Slash development team, revealed information about the status of the dupe checker project. 'It was a bit tough to get the ball rolling, but with dupe checking fully functional and everything starting to fall in order, I wouldn't be surprised to see an alpha release within the next month.' While little information is being revealed about the release of this anticipated dupe checker, it looks like we can be expecting it sometime in the short future."

How much hardware will they figure out? (1, Informative)

PxM (855264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119939)

There is still very little known information about the cool hardware features like the touchpad, WiFi, etc. While they (the hacker community in general) have figured out how to tweak [darkain.com] things like model data in Metroid Prime, they still haven't figured out how to get the WiFi to work fully. Based on what is currently known the DS doesn't support IPv4 or any public protocols on a higher layer than OSI Layer 2. This means it might still be a while before someone gets a working web browser or telnet client on the DS. However, given the amount of hacks available for the GBA, I'm confident that they'll figure out all the cool tricks pretty soon. Then I won't have to worry about buying a PDA and I'll have an excude for having "using" my DS during work.

--
Want a free Nintendo DS, GC, PS2, Xbox. [freegamingsystems.com] (you only need 4 referrals)
Wired article as proof [wired.com]

Fake signature (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120039)

The parents Sig is actualy part of his post , he copys parts of storys and karma whores to get his sig seen , Thank you for your time
--Stop Spam at its source---

--TKgroup

What are people doing with their exotic Linuxes? (4, Interesting)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119948)

I am not going to rain on these guys' parade, I think that they ought to do whatever floats their boat. If hacking Linux onto the DS is their "thing", more power to them.

But I wonder what people are doing with their exotic Linux installations. Linux on the PS2, on a toaster, on the blender, etc. What are these used for besides showing off? Is there some real-life application to having Linux on these things?

Re:What are people doing with their exotic Linuxes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12119986)

Well, all that unused sexual energy has to go *somehwere*! I mean, it not like there are actually girls available...

Re:What are people doing with their exotic Linuxes (4, Funny)

marsu_k (701360) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120026)

The DS has built-in WLAN. You could be running ettercap while everyone will assume you're playing Mario.

Re:What are people doing with their exotic Linuxes (2, Insightful)

A.K.A_Magnet (860822) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120108)

I agree that except for the glory, porting Linux to exotic hardware is quite limited.

But remember Linux on XBOX. At the time it went gold, the XBOX had a good hardware configuration for a decent price (and now it's still OK : $150). It doesn't take too much space, and you can have a linux home server.

Now the same thing applies with the DS (or the PSP but no tactile screen...). It's damn hard to get a Zaurus or equivalent in Europe and it's really expensive. If those nintendoDS hackers can get Linux to run on the DS, can get dual boot, and reverse engeener the tactile screen and the wifi connection, it could become one of the best available PDAs : true games (not crappy Palm games...) and a true OS.

So there's a goal. Now do I think that THIS portable console generation will be powerful enough (in term of batteries, processor, and lack of sufficient storage device) so I will get one and install Linux on it ? Nope.

But maybe in a few years it will be possible on the next Sony or Nintendo. And then I can well imagine myself in my university campus browsing the web, and chatting on IRC (that would require a separate wifi mini keyboard ? hardware hacker, anyone ? ;)) on the grass under the sun :). The NintendoDS is small enough to take it anywhere with you.

We have a freedom guaranted by free software. When I buy a NintendoDS, it's a closed package. I get what I paid for. But if I can put some free software on it then it goes beyond my first motive of buying it. That's something the current society doesn't want us to do. It wants us to buy prepared food, and they want us to buy prepackaged hardware (which may be excused by pragmatic reasons since it would be impossible to support if we got every hardware piece separated from software). But still if it's my NintendoDS, I can do whatever I want with it. Just like I can buy beef at the chinese and cook my own rice (incredibly cheaper .. not quite as good but heh..)

To sum up, I think that even if such initiatives doesn't always end up as one (= the initiative's founder especially ;)) would have wished, they're still great and everyone motivated enough not to follow the standard path (people who cook their own food) can profit from it. So all in all : Kudos to people who port free software to unsupported hardware :)

Re:What are people doing with their exotic Linuxes (1)

MemoryDragon (544441) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120183)

Well the DS has built in WLAN has a very good touch pad and a stylus, so figure out yourself what you can do with it. If you cannot see the light, there are various PDA systems in the wild which build upon top of Linux (opie being the most advanced thanks to TrollTech and Sharp)

Re:What are people doing with their exotic Linuxes (1)

stoborrobots (577882) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120233)

But I wonder what people are doing with their exotic Linux installations... What are these used for besides showing off? Is there some real-life application to having Linux on these things?

I don't know myself, but obviously some people smarter than me seem to think that it is useful:
PlayStation turns supercomputer [bbc.co.uk]
Scientific Computing on the Sony PlayStation 2 [uiuc.edu]
Playstation 2 Linux Cluster at NCSA [slashdot.org]

Re:What are people doing with their exotic Linuxes (1)

ratboot (721595) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120417)

What are these used for besides showing off?

I really think it's because they like it (love it at the limit), I mean how could they put so many hours and days to it? Hacking, for some, IS fun, it has something exciting in itself. Taking something apart, doing something with a gizmo that wasn't planified by the designers, moding games, etc. are all parts of hacking... Besides, I don't think showing off with a name alias is very gratifying... (maybe in some cases, like Marilyn Manson, but then...).

Wrong platform. (-1, Offtopic)

PxM (855264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119953)

You're thinking of Linux on the T-mobile Sidekick [theregister.co.uk]

--
Want a free Nintendo DS, GC, PS2, Xbox. [freegamingsystems.com] (you only need 4 referrals)
Wired article as proof [wired.com]

Oops. (-1, Offtopic)

PxM (855264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119976)

Ignore the previous post. I clicked on the wrong button.

--
Want a free Nintendo DS, GC, PS2, Xbox. [freegamingsystems.com] (you only need 4 referrals)
Wired article as proof [wired.com]

Re:Oops. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120027)

How about I ignore all your stupid spammy-ass comments, you greedy, materialistic, dream-world inhabitant? If you got a job you could buy your own shit and not have to beg from strangers, you worthless spammer.

culture jamming (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12119967)

1) Buy a DS
2) Carefully remove shrink Wrap
3) Install linux on DS
4) Put a very tiny mark on the packaging then place shrink wrap back on DS
5) Return DS to store so they can restock it on the shelves

- SJ53

Re:culture jamming (1)

iced_773 (857608) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120006)


6) Send in one of the last Best Buy rebates [slashdot.org] *
7) Profit!!!

*Assuming you bought your DS at Best Buy

morons (-1, Troll)

XO (250276) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119979)

see subject.,
why do people do this?

Re:morons (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120041)

because they can, fuckhole.. the same reason you don't

This is great (2, Insightful)

MemoryDragon (544441) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119980)

Add to that the opie project and you get a fully functional pda...

Hmm (3, Interesting)

Sv-Manowar (772313) | more than 9 years ago | (#12119995)

It seems the PSP is not the only handheld that is being developed on now, this is great news for nintendo fans, as the buzz about the psp "web browser" and other modifications had the posibility to increase market share dramatically for the psp

If stuff like this comes out for the DS, it will put both the consoles on a more even playing field for sales, and therefore neither will be favoured by games producers as much.

You're joking right? (1)

7Prime (871679) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120419)

These kind of hacks may indeed turn out to be very usefull--I'm certainly eager to see what they can do with the touch screen--but they will never leave the computer elite community. If you think that the whole world is going to run out and grab a DS because it will run linux, you're seriously deluding yourself. It won't make a noticable dent in product sales even if they were to figure out how to use the touch screen and WiFi to their maximum capability.

Now, if Nintendo somehow took interest in the project, bought into it, put linux on a DS cartridge, and marketted it, then it MIGHT see a sales increase of a few percentage points. But there's no question in my mind that Nintendo would have no interest in such a project, they have no intention of breaking into the business PDA market any time soon.

Re:Hmm (1)

FLAGGR (800770) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120450)

Uh the psp isnt being homebrewed yet. There was a DS emulator out before the DS was :P (Okay, it was all based on assumptions, but still!) Check out the psp-linux.org forums. Those people are too stupid to get anything running on the psp :P The only hope for psp dev is if the DS gets finished off and all of the people involved with it give the psp a shot.

Uses (2, Interesting)

Primal_theory (859040) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120003)

Real life uses for Linux on teh DS:

1: Homebrew game environment...this would allow people to make games for the version of linux that the ds is running on, instead of having to hard code everything in the ds language, you could just use the linux commands

2: Palm Capablities: Think about it! Internet browser, Calculator, Contact manager, 2 large screens, wireless....+ games

3: I want linux on my ds, it would be cool because i guess with some heavy programming, you could eventually "hijack" other ds's and put whatever you want on them or somthing

4: Its not windows

I need Linux (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120010)

Running my vibrator. I want it cooing sweet things to me with excellent uptime.

GET. IT. DONE. NOW.

The coup-de-grace (0)

Anonymous Luddite (808273) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120017)

Does Cowboyneal hate these guys or what?

I clicked the DS Linux link [dslinux.org] , and the first thing I read is:

Server Problems (Started at March 8 2005, 05:56 PM)

We are currently experiencing server difficulties, please remain calm as they are being resolved.


I'm guessing a sick server won't handle slashdotting very well...

Re:The coup-de-grace (1)

Narishma (822073) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120199)

The server was probably running on a Nintendo DS.

Maybe I should tell this to my friends. (0, Redundant)

Patrick Mannion (782290) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120018)

There's too kids at my school, maybe I should bribe them into installing DS Linux. Because I know I'm not getting a DS for a while.

Re:Maybe I should tell this to my friends. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120086)

Based on your spelling skills you should spend more time paying attention in class and less time worrying about Linux.

That says it all... (4, Funny)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120035)

The site lists a page titled "Developer Blogs" and on that page lists 2 hackers and zero developers....

I can't wait till my TV remote has linux running on it, then I can program it to watch crap TV while I'm not there

Re:That says it all... (1)

pkhuong (686673) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120492)

At the state where DS hacking is, developpers wouln't be very productive. We've only been able to run our own programs a couple weeks ago, and hardware support is still very incomplete.

yea but.. (-1, Redundant)

Heem (448667) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120048)

Yea, but can it run Linux?

oh.. wait, I guess it can.

personally (1)

shrewd (830067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120060)

ive been looking for a handheld geek gadget and at $200 AUD, a DS with linux (not to mention wireless) would definatly do.

This is unusually interesting to me (2, Insightful)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120077)

Most of the "Linux runs on X" news isn't all that interesting to me. Usually if it would be useful to run Linux on X, it already has a lot of the functionality Linux would give from other software. If X doesn't have software that gives it this functionality already, porting Linux is usually useless for the average chap (like with the PS2).

This, however, is a case of a piece of hardware that could greatly benefit from a Linux OS, but doesn't have anything like it already available. My DS may be the first piece of hardware I have ever run Linux on.

(I feel like I just screamed "WE CAME FROM APES!" to a bunch of Southern Baptists when I typed that last sentence.)

Re:This is unusually interesting to me (0, Redundant)

MemoryDragon (544441) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120175)

Actually I am really looking forward to this, the hardware basically is the same you need for a PDA, add to that linux opie and you have some kind of Zaurus. Once they figure out on how to access the wireless hardware you even can do wlan synching. In the end the DS might end up as entry PDA without any doing from nintendo.

Yay! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12120102)

"I survived April Fool's day on the intarweb and all I got was this lousy T-shirt."

We have normality, I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem. :-)

So cites IRC (5, Insightful)

LordHatrus (763508) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120195)

"A recent IRC conversation..." Yes, we should cite those as very reliable sources. ... Because everything you read on IRC is true. ... Did I mention I'm a 18 year old female from your general area?

I, for one, am all for this (2, Interesting)

stanthegoomba (805724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120395)

Sure, the "run Linux on your toaster" articles are fun and all, but unlike most this actually has potential. The DS would make an excellent multimedia PDA: Touchscreen for a decent form of input, stereo speakers, dual screens backed up by a more than decent graphics card, compact size, and 2 forms of wireless networking (assuming these can get the proprietary shortrange networking to work in Linux.) I could see myself replacing my Dell Axim with a Linux powered DS if this project ever matures to that point. Good luck to the developers!

Linux on a DS thats easy.... (1)

Zeussy (868062) | more than 9 years ago | (#12120483)

I have mandrake 10.1 running on a vacuum cleaner: http://zeussy.com/comment.php?comment.news.12 [zeussy.com]

Although if the DS Linux eventually gets browsers, organisers, flash viewers and stuff on it. I would get one. Port teamspeak and use the built in mic :P. Make more sense to their site, being goteamspeak.com.

Let the power of linux roll on to all platforms and devices.
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