Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Another quick shot at Linux-now for the ipod

TamsPalm discussed Linux for the Nintendo DS a few days ago. Now, yet another popular end user device gets the Tux-the 1,2,3gen of Apple's popular ipod. Visit the ipodlinux homepage for further details!
At the fist glance, it is diffidcult to see a reason for porting Linux to the ipod. The ports to the PocketPC's were somehow expectable if you think how buggy the first versions of Windows CE were. However, the ipod's firmware always had a high quality and also was expandable.
But, looking at the specs of the new ipodlinux, one can immediately see why users were all bonkers to get this working. There are world clocks, mandelbrot explorers, games and even an ogg player...
Apple has not yet sued the creators of the programs, and I actually think it were a wise idea to actually support these geeks! Their firmware is getting more and more stable, and could eventually become a real replacement for the ipods IOS. If Apple supports the project now, it could eventually bundle it with the 5th gen ipods-and save themselves the effort of always adding features to their IOS.
How do you feel about ipodlinux? Is it on your ipod?
Image by ipodlinux project. Available under GNU Free Documentation License 1.2.

7 Comments:

Blogger Steven Fisher said...

No, of course Linux isn't on my iPod. I purchased my iPod to play MP3 and AAC music, not to be an expensive, under-powered pocket computer with little useful functionality other than the ability to turn itself on and off.

3:43 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
and the capability to view images and play ogg... ;-P
Best regards
Tam Hanna
P.s. Don't take that to serious. I dont own an ipod...

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