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Good news everyone, Linux is finally getting a Switch port.
Yes that is correct: the kernel that is used in every single one of the world's top (the top 500) supercomputers, can finally run on Nintendo's latest hardware.

Earlier today Twitter user fail0verflow posted a picture of the Switch booting Debian 10.


With a decently advanced GPU, and a unique form factor.
The Switch should make one hell of a Linux machine, eventually.

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Homebrew on the Switch is going quite fast, it seems.



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How long until you can buy a "fake" cartridge, that houses linux auto booting into a emulator that then runs other games?

You guys know its gonna happend lol.



JRPGfan said:

How long until you can buy a "fake" cartridge, that houses linux auto booting into a emulator that then runs other games?

You guys know its gonna happend lol.

Hopefully as soon as possible.



VGPolyglot said:
JRPGfan said:

How long until you can buy a "fake" cartridge, that houses linux auto booting into a emulator that then runs other games?

You guys know its gonna happend lol.

Hopefully as soon as possible.

Why? So Nintendo closes their systems down like in the past?  Hopefully things don't get too crazy. 



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spurgeonryan said:
VGPolyglot said:

Hopefully as soon as possible.

Why? So Nintendo closes their systems down like in the past?  Hopefully things don't get too crazy. 

I really like my Wii because I was able to put a ton of emulators on it, it'd be cool do that on Switch.



VGPolyglot said:
JRPGfan said:

How long until you can buy a "fake" cartridge, that houses linux auto booting into a emulator that then runs other games?

You guys know its gonna happend lol.

Hopefully as soon as possible.

As far as I understand that is actually unfortunately a long time off, since all of this currently uses and exploit that nintendo already patched and that was only on launch systems to begin with.

I have a launch switch, but naturally I updated the OS few times (well, whenever Nintendo pushed out an update) so I and many others have locked themselves out of homebrew and all new systems ship with a version number that already has te exploit patched out.



spurgeonryan said:
VGPolyglot said:

Hopefully as soon as possible.

Why? So Nintendo closes their systems down like in the past?  Hopefully things don't get too crazy. 

Nintendo's systems are already the most closed and least functional aside from games, so yeah.

...and much like always, this will soon devolve into rampant piracy, I wonder what team xecuter will bring...



SuperNova said:
VGPolyglot said:

Hopefully as soon as possible.

As far as I understand that is actually unfortunately a long time off, since all of this currently uses and exploit that nintendo already patched and that was only on launch systems to begin with.

I have a launch switch, but naturally I updated the OS few times (well, whenever Nintendo pushed out an update) so I and many others have locked themselves out of homebrew and all new systems ship with a version number that already has te exploit patched out.

Not necessarily.

http://team-xecuter.com/forums/threads/153620-Team-Xecuter-coming-to-your-Nintendo-Switch-console%21

From the guys that brought us RGH on the X360. Keep updated.



spurgeonryan said:
VGPolyglot said:

Hopefully as soon as possible.

Why? So Nintendo closes their systems down like in the past?  Hopefully things don't get too crazy. 

In what way is Switch not completely closed? They even scrapped the browser, bluetooth and file transfers to make it as closed as possible.

OT: Finally the Switch slightly closes the gap to the Raspberry Pi.



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