A Linux Live CD is in development for the Nintendo Wii
This project is not being developed by Nintendo or anyone working with Nintendo but rather someone who is creating this as a last college project.
For those who don’t know a Linux Live CD is essentially a full Linux OS that boots off of the CD into memory without the need to install anything. You simply stick the disc into the disc drive and it will fully boot into an OS capable of internet browsing, movie playback, games, etc. You take the disc out and the Wii just boots right back into the main Wii dashboard with no signs of Linux ever being used. I am not sure if you need a modded Wii to use this or not. From the sound of it any Wii will work with it without a mod chip and of course it will be a free download
WiiLi will be based off MandrivaONE, you can expect it to look like this:
more info here
That. Is. Awesome! A must have.
that would be so awesome! and to think of it…. since you can use Firefox through that, internet browsing is free!
look 3D MOUSE window/ pages being folded and moved in 3D thats great ///// wii channels, wiiconect24,opera web browsers and a full on linux op system to boot from cd WOW its a mini pc it may even take my laptops place you could run firefox on linux
but who cares wii want games
sgt you beat me with the firefox hard-on
someone help..what does this do to my precious little Wii?
Nothing I guess? It runs off a CD. Looks really cool.
well there might be a problem with that because the wii only has 512mbs on it to put stuff on like movies games and music. though you can upgrade the memory and also put a exsternal hd on it
DUDE!!!!!!!!!!! that is awsome. would i be able to load my files from a flash drive or the built in memory???
I think one bundle actualy had 1gig sd cards coming with it. You simply put your movies on that. But why do that even? Another thing…
Remember they Wii is so underpowered? Those are effects windows won’t get till vista comes out. The Wii can do all of that from an OS boot disk? WOW
in the year 2048 pcs wiill catch up yip yip yip
i still don’t get what this will do to my precious little wii?
Lol, did anybody even consider that this guy probly deosen’t have a Wii to test it on? This video isn’t from the Wii, it’s the OS running on an actual computer. It is really cool but I doubt that it will come out (on the Wii) this year.
Thats a very good point JF
thats ovious enit course its running on pc or maybe a hacked cube
Man this guy is going to fail his course then…LOL Plus too how is he going to do wiimote driver support?
I think it’s possible though cuz out of all the systems the GC uses an actualy CPU thats can be used like a PC. I’d say it’s running on a Dev Cube the school has secured? I hope he’s at digi pen then since they are surely the only people that could hope to even have any of that equipment.
Yeah, read up on the site and took a look at the previous gamecube project. I really doubt that we will see results anytime soon. They’ve been working on a linux for PS2 and XBOX for years now and progress isn’t too encouraging. This guy is going off the notion that the Wii is made based on gamecube. If I figured out how to get a 2d game working on the cube, I sure can get a 3d desktop working on the Wii. Also, at 480p resolution, you will have troubles fitting much text on the screen but it would be cool to play movies and stuff.
Also, this came to me the other day. Wii webbrowser supports flash, wiimote points at the screen…. flash shooting games anybody??? Also they said that the Wii picture viewer can play videos. Sure, it can’t play DVD movies but what about DivX or XviD or other cool formats. I use my PS2 for DVD playing (it even sucks at that but hey…)
I’m also debating if I should blow up my PS2 to celebrate the Wiiquisition but since it’s hacked and plays DivX and XviD off my computer I decided to keep it in cryogenic sleep…. Hmmm Icicles….
Oh boy this is sexy.