Template:Infobox homebrewappThe Wii-Linux is a small Linux OS for the Wii, based on GC Linux.
Creator: GC-Linux Team
Accessories needed: Computer running Linux, SD card with a ext2 partition.
Accessories compatible (not required): GameCube controller, USB Gecko, Wiimote
Best PAL mode: 480i/p
Button to return to loader: N/A
Installation for Twilight Hack: As usual.
Optional: Setup USB gecko and load the software on the PC beforehand (see the readme).
Software type: Operating System
Release Notes on Sourceforge
Notes: Package in "stealth" mode. Download and use at your own risk. Or better, do not download it.
No instructions are available yet. And, please, do not ask for them.
Don't try to boot the DOL unless you know what you are doing, otherwise you'll get a nice BSOD.
More news to come next month ...
- 1. Make a second partition on your SD card and format as ext2 it is suggest that you use the GParted Live CD. There is a guide for formating an SD card here.
- 2. Then extract the debian-etch-4.0+whiite-0.1.tar.bz2 package to the ext2 partition of your SD card.
Note: It has been reported that you must extract the package in root if you are using Linux.
Note: To log in you must change the first line of the /etc/passwd file to root:$1$250RpdQ/$60y4YhzXslEKCI0qWJho80:0:0::/root:/bin/bash
- 3. Copy zlmage1.dol from the /boot/ directory on the ext2 partition to the fat partition and rename it to boot.dol.
Place in /apps/wii-linux/ for HBC and on the root of your fat partition for TP-Hack.
- 4. Load the file using TP-Hack or HBC
- 5. Log in and you will have a Terminal you can now run commands and navigate to directories.
- 6. To connect your Wiimote type hciconfig to configure bluetooth if you type hcitool scan and press 1+2 on your wiimote it will connect.
Note: These are NOT the official instructions the official instructions are coming in July.
After you have booted Linux you will have 60 minutes (before the timeout) to log on with the credentials below
If you are using the new Wii-Linux update remember to change the first line in /etc/passwd to root:$1$250RpdQ/$60y4YhzXslEKCI0qWJho80:0:0::/root:/bin/sh
Things that works
The debian release comes with a lot of news, only available if you boot using the kernel that comes with that package. You will need an USB keyboard to use this release. If you are able to boot with it and to login, you will stop in a command line where you can navigate through the filesystem, and execute some applications. There are working drivers for the usb bus and internal bluetooth, but not fot the internal wireless adapter. These are the things that you can do:
- Play MP3:
mp3-decoder <mp3 file> There is an mp3 sample in the /root directory. You can play it if you type mp3-decoder Synapse-Stealing_Science.mp3 You can also use this mpg321 <mp3 file> If you type & after the command you can have the mp3 play while you do other things mpg321 Synapse-Stealing_Science.mp3 &
- Write text files:
nano [text file]
- Mount an external USB hard disk: Not all the usb hard disks works, but if they are formatted in FAT or EXT2, they might be recognized. Connect a pendrive to the USB, and type:
That command will show you the last kernel message. If the pendrive is compatible, it will show you some debug messages, and a message with the status of the new drive. If it is recogniced as sda, you can mount and navigate to that using these commands:
mkdir mnt mount /dev/sda1 mnt cd mnt ls
- Play MP3 from the USB drive: Navigate to the directory where they are stored on your USB stick, and use the "mp3-decoder" or the "mpg321" tool to play them.
- Use the internal bluetooth: There is a driver that manages the wii internal bluetooth. You can connect to the wiimote, but there isn´t any application to manage it. You can type these commands to configure it:
hciconfig: This will show you the bluetooth configuration hcitool scan, and press "1&2" on the wiimote. This will find the wiimote and will show some information
- Install new debian packages, using apt or dpkg: If you find an usb network adapter that works with this kernel (the Nintendo USB network adapter works), you will be able to install new packages using apt-get. Or you can download by yourself and use dkpg to install them manually.
- Chat on IRC:
- Show the identifiers of the things connected to the USB: Type lsusb
- The USB works if you connects an USB-HUB
A GUI is still needed. KDE?
- Debian etch 4.0 and Whiite 0.1 - Major update with many new apps and features - http://downloads.sourceforge.net/gc-linux/debian-etch-4.0%2Bwhiite-0.1.tar.bz2
- Proof of Concept 0.4 - adds support for USB keyboards through the IOS keyboard interface - http://downloads.sourceforge.net/gc-linux/wii-linux-PoC-0.4.tar.gz Mirror
- Proof of Concept 0.3 - adds read and write support for the front SD card slot - http://downloads.sourceforge.net/gc-linux/wii-linux-PoC-0.3.tar.gz
- Proof of Concept 0.2 - http://downloads.sourceforge.net/gc-linux/wii-linux-PoC-0.2.tar.gz
- Proof of Concept 0.1 - http://downloads.sourceforge.net/gc-linux/wii-linux-PoC-0.1.tgz
- A video showing how wii-linux debian boots, with some features and applications: