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Linux on iPod progresses

“A release version of the 2.4.24 kernel is now available for download! This version includes full support for first, second and third generation iPods (no iPod mini support) including audio, firewire and remote.

The other important inclusion with this release is the demo podzilla program. Podzilla is a basic GUI demo similar to the native Apple firmware, it has a very simple mp3 player which can be run by running the file browser and selecting a .mp3 file, during playback the pause/play button will pause and menu will exit back to podzilla.”

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I’m on it. Getting prepared to install aws. :)

Posted by Rafael Moe on April 6, 2004 at 3:23 AM (CDT)


If this really progresses the iPod’s ability as an MP3 player, this may very well be the first thing that would have made me think twice about buying an iHP.

Posted by Adam on April 6, 2004 at 5:15 AM (CDT)


Now that’s hardcore dedication.

Posted by Linus Torvalds on April 6, 2004 at 6:01 AM (CDT)


If this gets as cool as Rockbox for the Archos players, I’m going to be a happy camper. Mmm, robust interfaces… *drool*

Posted by dter on April 6, 2004 at 6:19 AM (CDT)


this is awesome… one of the cool things about projects like this is that people don’t have to feel limited by Apple’s slowly-released updates. users shouldn’t have to be locked in to what Apple gives them. people taking control of what you can do with the hardware, and testing it’s limits is a great way for adding some shine to an already polished product.

on another note.. why is ipodlounge not covering PlayFair (, the crack for Apple propietary DRM?

Posted by eric on April 6, 2004 at 7:07 AM (CDT)


this looks very complicated

Posted by dave on April 6, 2004 at 7:08 AM (CDT)


This is awesome! The only thing bothering me (from the screenshot) is 1)they don’t use Chicargo (I love that font) 2) they use inverted color. I hope they change that at some point.
Have somebody tried it out yet?

Posted by Rasmus on April 6, 2004 at 7:46 AM (CDT)



the whole process is so simple and fool proof. It’s no wonder Linux users are always boasting about their advantages over windows.

Posted by pigpen65 on April 6, 2004 at 8:20 AM (CDT)


i just performed the installation, and i must say it’s easier then what you might think, that is if you’re familiar with basic linux.

i popped in the knoppix disc,  booted, attached my ipod with a usb cable and there it was, automatically mounted on the desktop. just follow the instuctions and you’re done in 30 minutes time:)

now we just need some site with ipod binaries.

Posted by ivc in Norway on April 6, 2004 at 9:03 AM (CDT)


Why?  Have I missed something?

Linux has it’s time and place, but on an iPod is not it! (Neither is on a PC at home for that matter)

>> Why?
Answering my own questions here…..
Probably becuase you can rather than because you should.



Posted by Simon Evans on April 6, 2004 at 9:07 AM (CDT)


All your iPods are belong to us

Posted by Bill Joy on April 6, 2004 at 9:16 AM (CDT)


Go fork() yourself :o)

Posted by Arthur Dent on April 6, 2004 at 9:19 AM (CDT)


“Linux has it’s time and place, but on an iPod is not it!”

Are you kidding?

The iPod has wonderful hardware but is currently limited to doing a few simple tasks by Apple’s iron grip on the OS. Opening the OS will enable us to add support for other music formats, album art, video playback, PDA functions, games, emulation, and so on.

But Linux *is* a little heavy for a portable device - I’d prefer QNX, eCos, or OS-9.

Posted by Improvements on April 6, 2004 at 9:23 AM (CDT)


>> Go fork() yourself :o)

Very funny..Or how about…...

find / -name <life> | cpio -pdmu /dev/null 2>&1>>/dev/null

Maybe we’re missing the point….
I can see in the future, universities with clusters of iPods exploring the universe for life!

Posted by Simon Evans on April 6, 2004 at 9:31 AM (CDT)


Why would you want this? ...

How about the possibility of being able to connect inexpensive card readers or other external firewire/USB devices directly to the iPod…

Or maybe even the ability to “link” 2 iPods together and sync songs among them that differ!

And BTW, I guess they currently have a bootloader so you can boot to either Linux or Apple’s firmware by just resetting the iPod… I haven’t tried it out yet though.

Posted by Jason on April 6, 2004 at 9:32 AM (CDT)


“If this really progresses the iPod’s ability as an MP3 player, this may very well be the first thing that would have made me think twice about buying an iHP.”—Adam.

About the DRM rights, all that is doing is destroying the AAC file format, and now the record industry in all their genius will be like, “EVERYONE USE PLAYFAIR OMG!!!” and then they will switch to WMA. I dont think so.

Posted by Alan W on April 6, 2004 at 10:07 AM (CDT)


I can’t wait until a Linux iPod can play Oggs.

Posted by Oggs on April 6, 2004 at 11:22 AM (CDT)


Something just occured to me. The original Mac had an incredibly slow processor by today’s standards, right? And a tiny screen. Wouldn’t it be possible to emulate the original Macintosh on a Linux iPod? I remember I had a program for Windows called “Executor” that ran OS7 within WIndows using a dump of a Macintosh ROM. It ran very quickly even on a Pentium.

There are a ton of old programs and games for the ancient non-PowerPC Macs and it would be both cool and fitting if we could run them on a Linux iPod.

Posted by Old Skool Macs on April 6, 2004 at 11:25 AM (CDT)


Yeah, thats correct, there’s a boot loader. You can fit up to 4 different images to boot from, using rew, menu, play or ff to select the image after a hard reset.

All this is mentioned in the readme files.

Posted by ivc in Norway on April 6, 2004 at 12:15 PM (CDT)


Maybe someone will eventually port a version of PocketPC to the iPod!

Now that’s something to look forward too :-)


Posted by Simon Evans on April 6, 2004 at 12:24 PM (CDT)

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