We’ve heard of a few crazy projects recently, including one from Phoenix Devices – manned by webOS enthusiasts who feel quite passionately that their fav OS doesn’t deserve to die a quiet death.
This one, Project Magenta, is every bit as crazy, and ultimately aims to recreate the iOS experience on non-Apple hardware.
The Project Magenta site explains: “Magenta is an implementation of Darwin/BSD on top of the Linux kernel. It is made up of a number of kernel and userland components that work together. It is fully binary compatible with iPhone OS 5.0 (as in, it uses the same binary format).
“The final goal is probably recreating the iPhone OS 1.0 stack. I think this is a pretty feasible goal, considering the fact that there are so many open source libs that can be used to replace the proprietary libs used by Apple.”
Christina, the lass behind Project Magenta, admits: “This is a very weird project. You may ask, why am I doing this? The answer is: no ****ing idea :)”. Great stuff.
Again, the aim is simply to recreate the iOS experience. It won’t be possible, for example, to run apps from Apple's App Store.
Good luck to you, ma’am.