BSD on IOS hardware

Sean Cavanaugh millenia2000 at
Tue Oct 2 19:50:58 UTC 2012

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at [mailto:owner-freebsd-
> questions at] On Behalf Of Shane Ambler
> Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2012 3:13 PM
> To: Rares Aioanei
> Cc: Greg Freeman; freebsd-questions at
> Subject: Re: BSD on IOS hardware
> On 02/10/2012 22:58, Rares Aioanei wrote:
> > On Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:18:06 -0400
> > Greg Freeman <mail at> wrote:
> >
> >> Is it possible to load FreeBSD on an Apple Mobile device designed to
> >> run IOS?  There are a lot of old iPads out there.  If we could
> >> repurpose them to straight Unix pads that might be cool.  From there
> >> shells and then maybe an open source alternative to IOS or Android.
> >> Maybe a way for people to get free of the info pirates
> >
> > How do you intend to type on it?
> While apple offers a bluetooth keyboard I have seen docks with a keyboard
> built in. The other option is that the system will need xorg installed as
> minimum setup so you have a touch screen with onscreen keyboard.
> The ipad/ipod would be a target that netbsd may try - I don't believe they
> have though.
> I don't think they support the newer touch screen devices but rockbox is
> opensource ipod (and other mp3 players) firmware replacement.
> It could be a starting point for booting another OS.
> Having said that I think your best bet would probably be jailbreaking the
> so you get more control over what you can install.
> Search for cydia

I hate to say it, but wouldn't it be easier to just buy a cheap android
tablet in the first place? Some of the ones from china are only a hundred
bucks or so but run ICS on a 7" screen.

I do like the idea of trying to push BSD to more devices. Would be neat to
host a full website from an ipod, but I do agree that would be more the
realm of NetBSD, not FreeBSD.

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