fail0verflow Gets Linux GUI Running On Nintendo Switch

rgMekanic

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We reported earlier this month that hacker group fail0verflow had gotten Linux to run on the Nintendo Switch due to a flaw in the boot ROM of the Nvidia Tegra X1 SOC. Now fail0verflow has upped the ante by posting a video on Twitter of a fully working Linux GUI on the switch. Slashgear is reporting that the flavor of Linux shown is KDE Plasma, which is an advanced workspace that has a reputation for being a bit resource hungry.

They are getting closer and closer for sure, I also don't see the device that was connected where the right joycon goes in this video. My hope is this gets refined and out to the public, having a Switch that could also function as a Linux tablet would be fantastic for myself and many others.

As shown, everything works almost perfectly. Touch to wake works and so does brightness control. Multi-touch gestures, at least pinch to zoom, is supported. And so is Wi-Fi presumably, considering he is able to load web pages. An OpenGL demo runs at 60 fps, though not exactly a true benchmark. What the demo doesn't show, however, are things like audio and Bluetooth, especially Joycon support.
 

oldmanbal

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This is some excellent work, playing emulators on Linux will give so much more compatibility and options then trying to use them through a homebrew launcher. Can't wait to play around with future build releases.
 

jbdarkblue

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I would love to be able to install steam on my switch and stream games to it. Hopefully they can make it happen.
 
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