Wii Linux | WiiLi
Nintendo Wii Linux Operating System.
What you could do with Wii Linux:
- Surf the Internet (using the wiimote control as a mouse pointer)
- Stream moves, MP3 music, etc, from a PC to a TV using Nintendo Wii in the middle. Think Apple iTV for free.
- Connect USB Keyboard and Mouse.
- Write a document with a regular USB keyboard and print it with any USB printer.
- Email and chat with your friends.
- Use an external USB storage device to backup and play your movies, games, mp3's.
- Play old classic game roms using the MAME and other console emulators.
- Develop your own programs and games.
- Control Wii from your PC using the WiFi connection.
- Use Wii as a Network Attached Storage (NAS) by connecting it to an external USB HD.
- Anything you could possibly do with a regular computer.
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WiiLi, Live Linux CD for the Nintendo Wii
WiiLi is a live Linux CD / DVD that makes the Nintendo Wii console boot a full Linux OS Desktop hopefully without the need of a modchip or hardware modification. It was started as college project to make more and more people aware of the alternative of using the Linux operating system. And to promote gaming on Wii. To clarify how far this project is at the moment please read this statement from the WiiLi: "It shouldn't take too long to be honest, you know the Wii is heavily based on the Gamecube, and right now is trivial to run Linux on the Gamecube .I do need to clarify you won't be able to run Linux at the Wii Launch, but it won't take as long as it took the gamecube hackers to get Linux running, that's for certain."
There is a plan to use the WiFi compatibility of both Wii and DS so you can use your Nintendo DS as an input device for WiiLi. Linux is already running on the Nintendo DS. And You can play backup Linux games using WiiLi by using an external USB storage device, like a thumb drive or external HD. If it will help piracy in any way is not clear, but you could use a Linux based Torrent client to download isos from the net.
Wii can also be converted into a media center extender using WiiLi. Will it be compatible with windows media center? It will be compatible by means of Samba file sharing. However, you will use Freevo, MythTV, or another DVR frontend to convert it into a "media center". These solutions, in my opinion, are actually much simpler and intuitive than Windows Media Center anyway, and of course will support the mouse.
Freevo is an open-source home theatre PC platform based on Linux and a number of open-source audio/video tools - much like Microsoft Media Center PC - just without all the license fees and expensive hardware. MPlayer and/or Xine can be used to play audio and video files in most popular formats including DVD MP3 Divx Xvid Ogg MPG Rma Rmv etc. Freevo can be used both for a standalone PVR computer with a TV+remote, as well as on a regular desktop computer using the monitor and keyboard.
Some of the Supported Input Formats: CDRwin's .bin image files, DVD, including encrypted DVD, MPEG-1/2 (ES/PS/PES/VOB), RIFF AVI file format, (S)VCD (Super Video CD), ASF/WMV/WMA format, QT/MOV/MP4 format, RealAudio/RealVideo format, Ogg/OGM files, Matroska, streaming via HTTP/FTP.
What's Linux? It's another Operating System like Windows XP or Mac OSX. Really, it will work just like them. The main difference to you, the user, is that almost all the software is free! It will allow you to do things on your Wii you could normally only do on a computer.
Wii Technical Specification:
* CPU (Central Processing Unit): IBM 'Broadway' 729MHz
* Internal Storage: 512MB Flash Memory
* USB 2.0: 2 Ports
* System Memory: 256MB
* Memory Expansion: 2 SD Memory
* GPU (Graphics Processing Unit): ATI 'Hollywood'
* Optical Disc Drive: 8cm GameCube / 12cm Wii (DVD discs)
* Supported Resolution: up to 480p
* 12 cm Disc Capacity: 4.7GB (single) / 8.5GB (dual)
* Wii Controller Ports: Wireless (4 maximum)
* GameCube Controller Ports: 4 Ports
* Internet Connectivity: WiFi 802.11b/g
* Disc Compatibility: GameCube
* GameCube Memory Expansion: 2 Ports