Hacked Nook Simple Touch Runs Like A Classic Mac

Hacked Nook Simple Touch Runs Like A Classic Mac

Some people dream of flying sheep, but blogger Mike Cane thinks different, dreaming of flying toasters. His dream – in November 2011 – was to see the classic Macintosh OS running on a nook Simple Touch, the eInk reader from Barnes and Noble. His dream seemed far-fetched, perhaps, even to him, but consider the following specs:

Original Macintosh: 68000 Motorola CPU at a blistering 8MHz(!), 128K(!) of RAM, and 512×342 screen
Nook Touch: TI OMAP3621 (ARM Cortex-A8 core, 800MHz), 256MB RAM, and 600×800 screen.

The Nook Simple Touch outperforms the original Mac by quite a bit. All he needed was someone to bring his dream to life.

Then in February of this year, he found hope in a comment on an obscure hacker forum on the 68K Macintosh Liberation Army website. Apparently, someone had done it! Forum member Juror22 had posted that he’d gotten the classic MacOS, originally hacked for Android, running on a rooted Nook Simple Touch. Much rejoicing ensued, but Mike wanted proof.

Today, he got it, with a series of 39 images of said OS running on – you guessed it – a Nook Simple Touch.

From 68K Liberation user FlyingToaster:

Both 7 and 7.5 work fine but I prefer 7 because the older B/W games and stuff don’t crash as often (corrupting disk image) It’s not fun starting over.

The scaling is a little too large, if the scaling was fixed it would be 8-O 10/10!!

I use StickyClick which keeps the menus open after one click. THANK YOU to the author of that. Shatterball is fun, kinda like a modern touch game

Can it get any better than that?

If you want to hack up your own Simple Touch, Mike points you over to Renate’s Ultimate Hacked NookTouch for more details.

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  • QJeremiah

    Some dream of electric sheep maybe?

    (If you wanted to make that Scifi-connection)
  • azayzel

    is there a way to turn a nook simple touch into a PDA? (just to use it with a usb keyboard as a simple notepad program)?

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