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Linux on the GameCube and Wii is steadily and continuously improving. With the help of a PowerPC Linux distribution, you can now use your GameCube or Wii for most of the goals described in the project roadmap.

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Linux Kernel

Kernel Patches (Source Code)

The different patches needed to build Linux kernel images for the Nintendo GameCube and Wii video game consoles are available for download from the kernel folder in the Sourceforge.net File Release System.

There are patches available for all 2.6.x Linux kernel versions.

You can also get access to our code via our Source Code Management systems:

  • CVS (not used, includes changes up to 2.6.29)
  • GIT (current)

Kernel Images for the Nintendo Wii

Binary kernel images for the Nintendo Wii video game console are available for download from the kernel folder in the Sourceforge.net File Release System.

See also these featured releases:

Kernel Images for the Nintendo GameCube

Binary images for the Nintendo GameCube video game console will be available again for download in the future.

Linux Distributions for the Nintendo Wii

General Purpose Distributions

whiite-linux

The whiite-linux distro concept provides a standard "barebones" debootstrapped Debian root filesystem targeted for PowerPC systems.

Although it features a text-only interface and a small set of applications as distributed, it can be upgraded into a fully blown Debian system by installing additional applications through apt.

Special Purpose Distributions

Kobo Deluxe 0.5.1-whiite

Kobo Deluxe for the Nintendo Wii showed how a Linux game could be properly packed and easily distributed using a combination of a kernel binary and a root filesystem on a file. It was based on previously explored concepts in the mfe-distro and SuperTux.

  • Released on Sun Aug 3 2008

Proof of Concept (PoC) Micro Distributions

During the early days of Linux on the Nintendo Wii several Proof of Concept (PoC) releases were made public to show the progress on the kernel development side.

wii-linux PoC 0.1

The wii-linux PoC 0.1 was a busybox-based self-contained micro distribution showing that Linux could boot on a Nintendo Wii. A USBGecko adapter was needed to logon and interact with the system.

  • Released on Sun Feb 24 2008

wii-linux PoC 0.2

The wii-linux PoC 0.2 was based on wii-linux PoC 0.1, and added support for audio, gamepads and MEM2 memory as swap.

  • Released on Tue Mar 4 2008

wii-linux PoC 0.3

The wii-linux PoC 0.3 was based on wii-linux PoC 0.2, and added support for the front SD card slot.

  • Released on Fri Apr 4 2008

wii-linux PoC 0.4

The wii-linux PoC 0.4 was based on wii-linux PoC 0.3, and added support for USB keyboards.

  • Released on Fri Apr 12 2008

Third-party Linux Distributions for the Nintendo Wii

Several individuals have contributed different customized Linux distributions for the Nintendo Wii. All existing third-party Linux distributions for the Nintendo Wii rely on the Linux kernel patches developed by The GameCube Linux project.

xwhiite-linux

The xwhiite-linux is a GUI-based Debian distribution which uses the xf86-video-cube driver to implement the X graphical environment. Versions 0.1 and 0.2 are both based on whiite-linux-0.1.

  • Released on Mon Dec 1 2008 by Bertjan.

Bliight

Bliight is a GUI-based Gentoo distribution which uses the xf86-video-cube driver to implement the X graphical environment.

  • Released on Mon Dec 8 2008 by T7g.

Archii

Archii is a GUI-based Arch Linux distribution which uses the xf86-video-cube driver to implement the X graphical environment.

  • Released on Tue Jun 23 2009 by TheStorm / zc00gii.

WiiToo!

WiiToo! is a minimal precompiled Gentoo stage4 distribution.

  • Released on Tue Oct 20 2009 by VQuickSilver.

GeeXboX for Wii

GeeXboX for Wii is GeeXboX ported, UNOFFICIALLY, to run on Nintendo Wii game console.

  • Initially released on Fri Oct 17 2008 by Farter.

Archived Downloads

Please, go to the archived downloads page for old (mostly obsolete) releases.

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