Feeds

$200k prize offered for getting Linux to run on Xbox

Legally, that is...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

An anonymous donor has offered a total of USS200,000 as prize money for getting Linux to run on Microsoft's Xbox, legally, by the end of this year. The prize money is intended to be awarded in stages as parts of the project, which is being run via the Xbox Linux Project, are completed.

Is this for real? According to Michael Steil of the Project, the identity of the donor "is known to the project leaders and well-respected," so there seems at least a possibility that the money exists and will be paid up. And finding "a simple and completely legal way to run Linux on the Microsoft Xbox" before 1st January 2003 could be a tall order.

The project consists of two sub-projects, each of which is worth $100,000. Project A is for porting Linux to a modified Xbox, and consists of development of a PC-style bios, for which the prize is $55,000; kernel and XFree drivers ($25,000), and FATX and bootloader work ($10,000 apiece). Project B is just one big $100,000 nightmare - Development of a CD image that makes an unmodified Xbox run any unsigned code from the CD.

Call us pessimists, but we'd guess at least half the donor's money is perfectly safe. You can find more details here, along with the competition rules. These state, among other things, that information must be shared, work must be submitted via Sourceforge, it's all got to be documented, that it's all got to be GPL, and that everybody should work together. Which sounds sort of like everybody on the project ends up getting an equal share if it succeeds. But maybe we misunderstand... ®

Related stories:
Xbox mod-chips still on the menu

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises
iOS/2 gear loaded with apps for big biz ... uh oh BlackBerry
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.