Run Linux on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac from a Web Browser

May 30, 2011 - 7 Comments

Linux in a Web Browser

If you’re bored of the Mac command line this is both cool and geeky and should keep you entertained for a bit. JSLinux is a fully functioning version of Linux running entirely in a web browser, meaning if you have almost any modern web browser suddenly you can run a basic version of linux on any computer.

You don’t need to install anything, just load the JS PC emulator page. It’s quite limited but it does show a great job of showing off the power of modern Javascript engines and the diverse capabilities of linux.

Check out the Javascript PC Emulator here

A friend of mine claims this even works on the iPhone and iPad and I don’t see much reason why it shouldn’t. Unfortunately I tried running this on my neolithic iPhone 3G and Mobile Safari had trouble rendering JSLinux (screen below), sometimes it even crashed, but YMMV and this could be a problem with the stone age 3G and iOS 4.2.1 more than JSLinux itself.

JSLinux on the iPhone 3G

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Posted by: William Pearson in Command Line, Fun


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  1. alex says:

    For iDevices users, to type use the box beneath the “Clear Clipboard” button

  2. Bassam says:

    A promising future for Linux

  3. pirulín says:

    i wish I could so ssh over this… or find a way to run it locally to be able to install openssh..

    Who knows? maybe soon :-)

  4. morgan says:

    Cool in concept, but totally useless

  5. apakin says:

    I can’t get the keyboard on my iP 4

    • Cliff says:

      I get it working but can’t use the keyboard either. Not being a form it does not trigger the keyboard response is my assumption.

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