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Is there a lightweight virtualized Linux or other unix environment that I can run on the iPad? Like VirtualBox for iPad. I only really need a minimal system — something along the lines of Microcore Linux, so no X server or anything like that. Just a console with a reasonable C compiler; if gcc is not available, tcc (Tiny C Compiler) or something like it would be fine.

I'd really like it to be virtualized so that I don't inadvertently mess up my iPad by playing with the linuxbox inside.

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Do you insist on a Linux environment, or is any unix environment ok? The iPad does run on iOS, which is a modified version of OSX, and you can get a command line on it if it's jailbroken (if your device isn't jailbroken, forget it). I don't know how much virtualization there is; as long as you use a separate, non-root user you'll be fine. – Gilles Feb 20 '12 at 2:08
@Gilles Actually a Unix environment would be ok. However, I am reluctant to jailbreak my iPad. – math4tots Feb 20 '12 at 2:26
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While I think this should be feasible, it is very unlikely even on a jailbroken iPad, and extremely unlikely on a non-jailbroken device.

Get a Linux VPS or a system to which you can SSH to, and install iSSH on your iPad, it's as closest as you can get to Linux-on-iPad.

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