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    Can the wii have linux?

    What im thinking about doing is putting linux on my wii either throught a network boot, sd card or usb but i want linux with a GUI (Graphical User Interface) so i dont get caught up in all the coding. Thanks for any attempt to try and get this working.

    My wii is 4.1e patched system menu from mauifrogs softmod guide with priiloader installed and HBC etc etc...

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    Not a linux user huh? LOL. Linux can be installed. I was actually going to start a guide on doing so today. Honestly as a long time Linux user their is no way to escape console, learning your Unix commands, having to compile/install yourself, and so forth. It just comes with the territory. Also Linux on the Wii is very limited in terms of memory with only 88MB available, so even a lightweight desktop like xfce is out of the question. I guess X can be installed so you can at least have a window manager but that's about as close as you're getting in terms of a GUI.

    I'm thinking it will have to be a two part guide. Installation in the first part. Practical uses and useful programs that will run without crashing or making your system unstable on such limited resources in the second.
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    can you assign a 1 gb swap partition on a memory stick to help linux perfrom better?

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    No and traditionally your swap (if used) doesn't exceed you RAM. Linux on the Wii doesn't use a swap partition.
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    wel with the limited ram how about damn small linux?

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    Not available. You have to use specific distros designed for the Wii. You can't just pick any Linux distro and stick it on your Wii. The Wii has five distros:

    mystiic
    WiiToo!
    Archii
    Miight
    Whiite
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    hmmmm ok which one is the most noob friendly?

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    I haven't tried any of them yet. Honestly after reviewing all available info I've found none of them. I believe they will all end up leaving you with nothing but a console prompt after install. Then it's up to you to choose what packages you want to install by using the appropriate commands for the distro the Wii distro is based off e.g. Whiite is based off of Debian so you would have to apt-get your packages. Whiite seems the most popular but I wouldn't call it noob friendly.
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    I found a sixth Wii Linux distro as I start my guide...xwhiite. It may be what you are looking for, Whiite with with X pre-installed. Looking into everything now.
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    wow cool thanks pal. I must trying to squeeze every little bit of features out of my wii. for the last 2 years i only used it for games and now that i softmodded theres alot more things that i can do.

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