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Linux on iPod now running on all generations

updated 10:05 am EDT, Wed April 7, 2004

Linux on iPod update

The features a story on the subject, including quotes from the developer and reasons why someone would want Linux on their iPod.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Why?

    Geesh, what a stupid question. Because these people are geeks who see a device with a chip on it, and they want to see if they can run Linux on it. That's what they consider useful...

  1. KidRed

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I was...

    wondering the same thing, hehe

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Nothing against linux...

    I think those people would put linux on their kitchen appliances and find it useful.

  1. RevEvs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    first gen models

    well this could actually be useful, and seems to be getting along nicely. those with first gen ipods arent going to get any more firmware updates, so if the linux based software can do what the current 1.2 software can do and more then its a good thing :) i can see there being the same ability to select / organise songs, but then give us the ability to make on the go playlists, get new games etc.. stuff we cant do with the current firmware

  1. JasonQG

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Why not?

    This is useful, even if some of you think it's stupid. For example, I desperately want Ogg Vorbis support on my iPod, and since it doesn't look like Apple is gonna do that, this may eventually be my solution. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Read the Wired story for more possible ideas.

  1. RIP

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ogg

    What is its advantage? I don't consider being open an advantage.

  1. Glasspusher

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    selling ipods

    If apple's strategy is to sell as many iPods as possible, you would think that they would make the firmware specs available to all. Of course, there may be a DRM issue here, they want to keep it closed to keep the RIAA (yuk) happy.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: selling ipods

    Umm, problem with that is once you have the firmware specs, other vendors can just make their own iPod clones (just like the Bios cloners of the IBM PC in the 80s). Then Apple isn't selling iPods, is it.

  1. JasonQG

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    RE: Ogg

    The advantage is superior sound quality at lower bitrates. Blind tests show ogg vorbis beating all competing lossy codecs at all bitrates.

  1. beverson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    a bit delayed....

    Um, did anyone else notice this Wired News story is from February?

    Of 2003?

    Just checking.

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