User successfully runs Ubuntu on a jailbroken iPhone 7

The jailbreak process allows users to perform several changes and other iOS tweaks, but one user recently decided to go further and install the Ubuntu OS on an iPhone. The experiment was shared by the user identified as “newhacker1746” on Reddit.

According to the user, the iPhone 7 used during the process no longer worked due to a problem in the internal memory. At that moment the user decided to try to install another operating system on the device via a USB ethernet connection.

The process requires the checkra1n jailbreak tool, which is based on the unidentifiable hardware exploit “checkm8”. Also, the kernel used to run Ubuntu on the iPhone doesn’t appear to be compatible with any chips other than the A10 Fusion, so it needs to run on an iPhone 7.

After a really long and complicated process, the user managed to successfully run the arm64 version of Ubuntu 20.04 (a popular Linux distribution) on the iPhone. The result can be seen in the video below, …

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