Switch: Hacker CTCaer hints at upcoming Linux and Android releases for new Nintendo Switch models (2019/Lite/OLED).


Although new Switch models are more difficult to hack than the original ones, Switch hardware mods (and therefore hacks) are a possibility. For these models, hacker CTCaer has shown significant advances in Linux L4T and Android support with a release ETA of “Soon”.

L4T Ubuntu runs on Switch OLED

L4T (Linux for Tegra) is the package of choice for the Nintendo Switch running on the NVidia SoC. The Switchroot team adapted it for the Switch and coupled it with Ubuntu, thanks in particular to the work of CTCaer. The team also ported Android to the console.

Previously, L4T Ubuntu for Switch was only compatible with original Switch models, and supporting new models has been a work in progress for quite some time. That looks set to change soon, making the newer models (2019, Switch Lite and OLED) even more interesting.

The screenshot shows Ubuntu 18.04.6 LTS (Bionic Beaver) running on the console, but CTCaer also hints that the team is bringing Android and Lakka (a Linux-based distribution specialized in emulation) with it.

The problem remains that hacking new Nintendo Switch models is not particularly convenient or cheap. However, people have been reporting that mod kits have come down in price lately. Try our Switch hacking guide to know what you’re getting into.


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