X11 on iOS 13 spotted, getting Linux for iPhone/iPad not Herculean task anymore

Migrating to iOS from Android is tiresome. I am not exaggerating! iPhones don’t stand a chance when it comes to the diversified customisation options Android devices offer. To go along with that, Play Store has tons of applications to cater to users’ needs.

Speaking of iOS, it’s the other way around! Apple wants to make their platform so closed that they never allow the customers to personalise all the predetermined choices. In case someone is dying to change the defaults, they will have to go with jailbreaking.
ios 13 jailbreak

Here on PiunikaWeb itself, we have introduced you to jailbreak tweaks like Complications (watchOS widgets for iPhone), CallBar XS, iSupervisor, Network Disabler, Choicy, Zoom for YouTube, LockWidgets, Spos for Spotify, and a few more.

Have you ever thought of running other operating systems (Linux for example) on iOS? Considering the locked filesystem of iPhone/iPad, you might not believe it’s possible. But a Reddit post we spotted today hints at the possibility of making it a reality one day.

A person could successfully run X11 (X window system) on iOS 13. Don’t know what it is! Well, the X Window System (X11, or simply X) is a windowing system for bitmap displays, common on Unix-like operating systems.

 pesky bug in fontconfig and/or freetype
X11 on iOS 13 (Source)

All Linux destros use this as a basic framework for graphical user interface environment. So, getting X11 to work on iOS 13 is a massive step towards having the whole OS. Nonetheless, you need to know that chances are less for it to happen too soon.

X11 on iOS 13 with a desktop image
X11 on iOS 13 with a desktop image (Click /tap to zoom)

Do you think you can replace the whole user interface with Linux or any other platform? I hate to bust your bubble! But, the secondary OS stays inside an app and you get to stream it locally over VNC. The developer says nothing will stop someone from changing that.

Moreover, for those who look forward to getting GNOME, it hasn’t been achieved yet. Despite trying, the person behind all these is facing a troubling bug in fontconfig and/or freetype. And, we will update this story if he comes up with a new progress in this affair.

Note:- Stay tuned to our iOS section for similar stories.

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Rahul Krishnan

Rahul Krishnan, a wordsmith from Kerala, India is always in lookout for his next article idea. He is a fanatic reader. And, the rumour is that his mom has recently hidden his debit card so that he won't buy books anymore. She doesn't know he has a spare one.