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Emulating Linux and Classic Mac OS on iOS

Lawrence Abrams:

Have you ever wanted to run a Linux shell on your iOS device to transfer files, write shell scripts, or simply to use Vi to develop code or edit files? Now you can, with a project called iSH that is currently available as a TestFlight beta for iOS devices.

iSH is a project that aims to bring a Linux shell to iOS devices using a usermode x86 emulator. iSH is built on the Alpine Linux distro, which is designed to have a small footprint, be secure, and easy to use with little or no distracting bells and whistles.

This is really cool but would seem to violate lots of App Store guidelines.

Mini vMac for iOS (via Adam Bell):

  • Emulates Mac Plus, Mac II or Mac 128K
  • Full simulated keyboard (including all Mac keys)
  • Full sound output
  • Uses external keyboard if available
  • Regulable emulation speed
  • Easy(ish) to import/export disk images

Update (2018-11-19): See also: Accidental Tech Podcast.

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