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Discussion in 'Wii U - Hacking & Backup Loaders' started by roots, Dec 20, 2015.
someone knows if it's possible to have kexec working with a kernel like the one the wiiu have?
I was thinking about implementing a Wii U homebrew app that loaded other OSes, but never got around to writing it. Doing so is definitely possible: by patching the Cafe OS kernel, you can run anything in PPC kernel-mode, including a Linux kernel. If there is sufficient demand, I may pick this project back up.
this will be a great feature for wiiu !
it was more easy with ps3 and petitboot because it was ran on a linux kernel.
thanks for the reply you're a boss!
I would love myself some linux. I am pretty sure i am not alone.
If you could get MorphOS or even Amiga 4 running on the Wii U then I for one would be happy
I would love to mess with an OS Loader. I loved messing with OtherOS on PS3.
Wonder if we could get ancient PPC mac to run. haha
That is EXACTLY what I was thinking, if PowerPC were the only requirement we could actually load anything pre OS X 10.4.8
However, given that Macs hate non-native hardware that may be more difficult than you would think, in hindsight
I have been messing with Hackintosh since like forever, so yea, I already understood that. But anyway, what you said is true about most operating systems. Linux runs like shit on PS3 without some work, but it could be an exception here I guess because of gc/wii and vwii linux. Can probably reuse stuff. Don't know without looking though.
Either way, would be fun to mess with.
Yeah, I agree
Running Linux, Android, and DarkSide OS would be extremely useful for me!
Hmm, wasn't PPC support dropped with 10.6? Iirc, there was a PPC version of Leopard. That would be so cool for it to work on Wii U.
I know that there was a way to get 10.5.x working on PPC Macs but it was really hacky and involved downloading the update to the hard drive of another computer and then swapping hard drives between the two computers. So I guess it would be possible but not exactly preferable
Are you sure it wasn't on some newer versions? It really seems like 10.5 has native PPC support https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_OS_X_Leopard
And iirc there is something like "Intel version" written on my 10.5 install disk, so there is probably a "PPC version"...
Are you sure you're not talking about Snow Leopard or even Lion? Because the Mac App Store were released in 10.6.6, and updates were not available to download before that.
You're right, I just googled it and realized it's 10.5.8, not 10.4.8 as I thought. So yes, what you just said
OsX would be harder to port I guess as the drivers (kext files) aren't available as easy as compiling a linux module.
Linux itself, for example in a minimal version, is probably much easier as we should be able to cross-compile the modules we need on demand. An from that point a wii-u ppc distro can evolve.
I personally see no point in doing it beside that I'd love to explore the wiiu from within a linux running on it. But for production use i'd use something external if I need a server e.g.