Originally Posted by kitor
And (afair) due to some limitations of jailbreak we have no way to execute linux kernel.
Is this true for sure? I figured especially since we have driver-level access we could possibly tear down the Windows kernel in reverse and start execution of arbitrary code. But I might have missed something.
The bigger issue about trying to port Linux to any device without official Linux support is usually in getting the kernel to boot and then making the hardware itself useful after that. This usually means you have to work "blind" and rely on some kind of low-level serial output to monitor the kernel boot to see where it panics. Only after getting a successful kernel boot can you even begin to think about drivers for the display, touch screen, etc.
So the prerequisites to even beginning to port to e.g. a Surface would be to find some way to kick out Windows and start arbitrary execution, enable some kind of low-level serial debugging for the would-be kernel, and then tediously poke and prod until it can successfully start. I'm not sure anyone knows of a dependable way to get serial debugging information.
Embedded devices on the whole are a lot more finicky and a lot less tolerant than normal PCs, generally due to their proprietary nature requiring a lot of hardware knowledge to initialize everything properly. About the only thing we'd have going for us is that it's a Tegra chipset, so if you can get the underpinnings working, you can probably at least get the basics like video and USB working without too much trouble.
I think the biggest thing about it is like the rest of RT ... there's just not enough interest in those with the skills to even attempt this because this is such an extreme minority platform. I imagine a Surface RT would make an excellent little Linux tablet, but I'm not holding my breath.
See my Kindle Fire USB cable with inserted 5V regulator here; more USB 2.0 devices are capabable of being powered this way.