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ZDNet UK: Programmer Puts Penguin on Xbox

Jul 08, 2002, 22:00 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

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"A German programmer says he has made the first step towards running the Linux operating system on Microsoft's Xbox games console--without running into any legal entaglements.

"Michael Steil, a German programmer, has built an application called "linuxpreview", which simply flashes the Xbox LED and draws a penguin on the Xbox start-up screen, along with the message "Xbox Linux Coming Soon!" and a link to the Xbox Linux Web site. However, it is touted as the first application to run on Xbox without using tools from the official Xbox Software Development Kit (SDK), and is the first step toward essentially turning the Xbox into a Linux-based PC.

"Steil is the head of the Xbox Linux Project, which is marshalling volunteers to figure out a way to run Linux--which directly competes with Microsoft's Windows operating system--on the console without using any of Microsoft's proprietary development tools. In some ways, the project should be simple, since Xbox is built from hardware that is identical or similar to a standard Intel-based PC..."

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