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I have a Motorola L6 cell phone that I'm no longer using, including pc connector cable, and just for the fun of it I was wondering if it were possible to install linux on the phone. Not to make any calls — I don't have service for it — just to see if I could get it working and what apps it might be able to use.

I don't really expect to find anything useful, but I thought it might be worth asking about.

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You can check http://forum.motofan.ru/index.php?showtopic=117307 (in Russian), but a generic distro will never support these phones, because they need custom loader, custom kernel and a lot of not yet written drivers.

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Not trivially, i think - most phones have fairly locked down hardware, and reflashing the OS might require a mix of hardware and software hacking. You're going to also need to work out what processor the phone uses, and if there's a port for it, and how to get the OS in there.

Its one of those 'if you need to ask, its probably going to be really hard to do' things.

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I'm not sure a linux distro would fit into a cell phone,and even if it did,i don't think the phone would have the capabilities of actually running the system

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You'd be surprised. An awful lot of cell phones are already running linux. It's just a matter of what you put on top of the kernel. –  Joel Coehoorn Aug 28 '09 at 3:14
    
they might be running linux,but not the distros we use,they customize the kernel specifically for the phone itself but good luck anyways ;) –  Mahmoud Hossam Aug 28 '09 at 17:29

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