Oh c'mon, let's be real here: nobody is interested in putting Linux on a Switch. 99% of the excitement over fail0verflow's "accomplishment" is the idea that a plethora of free, pirated games may soon be coming to Switch owners who are so inclined.
I'll concede that there may be a very (very) small percentage of people who are legitimately looking forward to watching a Grub boot screen on their Switch, but for the "masses" this development is all about FREE GAMEZ!!
(btw, I have long been a supporter of OSS - I've got Fedora 27 on my work PC with LibreOffice and back in the day even donated a few $ to the Firefox 1.0 release )
that is quite a jump in logic...
Linux has nothing to do with any type of pirated games, so stop spreading bullshit please.
On the other hand there are a ton of applications that people expect and would like to use on their legitimately purchased hardware, like.... a web browser for example.
Emulation is another big reason and it's personally my number 1 reason to keep my Switch on a low firmware. I'm looking forward to having retroarch on it.
So yeah, don't worry about the piracy, that's for Nintendo to worry about if they so chose.
Wait, what? How is what I said a jump in logic? You actually proved my point by saying exactly what I was saying: Linux has nothing to do with pirating games.
I was responding to the person who asked why so many people wanted to run Linux on their Switch. I said that hacking a closed, proprietary system just to run Linux on it was a bullshit cover story for the _real_ purpose of root'ing a system - being able to run pirated games.
Now I'll admit that _maybe_ the fine folks at fail0verflow only hacked the Switch "because they can" and booted up Linux "just for for the fun of it", but you're living in a fantasy world if you think the vast majority of people who take advantage of this hack won't use it to play pirated games.
Ask yourself this: If Nintendo was actually cool with people hacking their brand new console, why put any restrictions on it in the first place? Why not just make the Switch an open platform that customers can hack away on to their hearts content? Why? Because they'd loose huge $$$ in game sales and no commercial game developer/publisher in their right mind is going to put time and money into developing a AAA game that can be copied and played for free on a hacked Switch.
You can bet Ninty is hard at work trying to plug this security breach of their console asap and restore faith in their development partners.