[Q] Linux or Windows running on Wii U?

Discussion in 'Wii U - Hacking & Backup Loaders' started by George35000vr, May 30, 2017.

  1. George35000vr

    George35000vr TROLLIE

    Jun 22, 2013
    We now have IOSU access isnt it possible to run linux or even windows on it natively? Its gpu is decent for some pc gaming. Not sure if ppc supports pc's (x86-x64) apps tho... enlight me
  2. FireEmblemGuy

    FireEmblemGuy Celebrating a decade of shitposting

    Jul 6, 2007
    United States
    Michigan, USA
    PowerPC is an entirely different architecture than x86 - Windows will never run on it.

    I'm sure someone's worked on a port of Linux, though I have no idea if anyone actually released one. That doesn't mean things like Steam would work, or even that there'd be a working desktop environment - everything would need to be ported/compiled as a PPC binary, and there'd be a lot of work to do for full hardware support, video acceleration, etc.
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  3. QuarkTheAwesome

    QuarkTheAwesome Working for Hugs

    Apr 19, 2015
    Stuck in the PowerPC
    There's the now-abandoned Tri-Core Linux on the vWii side; though nothing in Wii U mode as far as I know. Linux would be doable, though it's a huge amount of work for anyone who's not experienced in that sort of thing. If it were a thing, it wouldn't actually be that barren in terms of programs - PowerPC was the architecture used in Macs until the mid 2000's. Since they're, y'know, Apple products, Debian supported the platform for quite a while (only dropping the 32-bit variants recently). Don't expect Steam, but you can expect most established, older open-source products to be written with PowerPC support somewhere, though you may have to compile them yourself.

    Back to the main question - Linux is totally possible, but it won't happen anytime soon (if at all). You also wouldn't be running any x86 software outside of a virtual machine.
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  4. Felek666

    Felek666 retarded memekid which no one likes

    Jan 3, 2017
    There are Linux for Macs. Especially those PPC ones, a complete rewrite would take alot of time but it would be good for some web browsing and multitasking.
  5. povlur.

    povlur. GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 1, 2016
    running a linux server off my wii u would be neat :^)
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  6. knm

    knm Advanced Member

    Sep 30, 2012
    United States
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  7. CreeperMario

    CreeperMario GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jun 18, 2016
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Just took a quick look at the source code, and it looks pretty legit.
    Very, very WIP, but legit.

    (Note: requires Mocha, not currently compatible with Haxchi/CBHC)
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