If you’re a Windows user who intends to jailbreak with palera1n-c, and you have no intention of dual-booting Linux on your computer, then the palen1x project is pretty much your only option.
Like we previously discussed, palen1x is a version of the palera1n jailbreak that can be loaded into a bootable flash drive or disk and booted from at startup on most Windows computers to initiate the jailbreak interface.
One small exception to that rule of thumb was Microsoft’s Surface brand of Windows PCs, which is something that a derivative of the palen1x software called palen1x-surface by iOS developer L1ghtmann hopes to address.
Citing the /r/jailbreak release post, Surface-branded hardware is largely unsupported by upstream Linux. With that in mind, attempting to use palen1x, a Linux Distro for installing palera1n-c on a Surface-branded PC would result in unresponsive input hardware, such as the mouse and keyboard, which prevents you from completing the jailbreak.
What the new palen1x-surface project does is implement palen1x based on Debian Linux rather than Alpine Linux with linux-surface’s surface-aggregator-module pre-installed so that the mouse and keyboard will work as expected.
This awesome little workaround means that now, even Surface-branded PC users can use palen1x to jailbreak A9-A11 chip-equipped devices running iOS or iPadOS 15.0-16.x using the palera1n-c experience.
According to the developer, there are a couple of caveats to be able to use palen1x-surface, including:
- Disabling SecureBoot on the Surface device so that you can boot from USB.
- While palen1x-surface was tested heavily on a Surface Laptop 3, it hasn’t been extensively tested on other Surface devices, which could mean there are bugs the developer doesn’t know about.
If you’re interested in learning more about palen1x-surface and whether it’s going to be a good fit for you or someone you know, assuming you or that person use a Surface-branded PC, then you can head over to the palen1x-surface GitHub page to learn more about the project.
Are you excited to see the palera1n-c jailbreak becoming more available across devices by way of palen1x amid the absence of official Windows support by the main tool? Be sure to let us know in the comments section down below.