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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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To anyone who has installed this:

Do MP3’s play in realtime?

Posted by br- on April 6, 2004 at 2:17 PM (CDT)


i’ve seen people say it will play 128kbps mp3 files pretty much in realtime. but it’s still just for demonstration, that’s why the projects needs more contributers.

Posted by ivc in Norway on April 6, 2004 at 3:26 PM (CDT)


Is it safe to do this? Does the iPod sync normally with iTunes/Mac OS X after installing it?

Posted by Cozzies on April 8, 2004 at 4:54 AM (CDT)


This could really handy for when apple ceases to support 3g ipods, we can still have an os that is still being developed and hopefully improved above and beyond what the apple ipod os offers us.

Posted by bassman-x on April 8, 2004 at 9:54 AM (CDT)


Never happy are ya? The iPod already does more than all the others; isn’t that enough?

Posted by Wolf on April 8, 2004 at 3:32 PM (CDT)


“iPod already does more than all the others; isn’t that enough?”

I know you are kidding. The iPod is capable of recording in high-quality just like the iRIver or Archos - instead we get this lousy overpriced Belkin “voice recorder” crap that sounds like two tin cans and some string.

The iPod hardware can do much better - it seems that it’s up to us to let it be all it canbe.

The iPod hardware and screen is capable of displaying album art, screensavers, and video. The Archos replacement OS can do this - I want that capability on my iPod.

The iPod hardware is capable of playing Ogg and FLAC - the Karma can do this. I want an iPod OS that will let me listen to some really high-quality music.

Gapless playback and crossfading. Other portable audio players can do this and they have less RAM and CPU than the iPod. We should be able to add this to our iPods.

Posted by Are *You* Kidding? on April 8, 2004 at 5:31 PM (CDT)


It’s always fun to see traditional thinkers try to grapple with the flexibility of the open source paradigm.

Posted by Mountain Man on April 8, 2004 at 9:17 PM (CDT)


There’s a great windows installer out there, I can’t remember the URL right now, but I think there’s a link that the iPod on Linux website. It’s far from being stable, but it’s still very interesting to follow the development. From what I’ve heard and through personal experience, MP3 playback isn’t quite real-time, but this is one of the major concerns of the developing community. I highly recommend anyone and everyone at least trying to out.


Posted by NPL Solutions in Colorado on August 15, 2004 at 4:46 PM (CDT)


I had this for a night - it was complicated for a Windows user and not worth the time spent figuring it out. While I must say that direct-line recordings were fun, turning my 3G iPod into a black and white iPod Photo was amazing and booting up with penguin after the apple was unique, it still wasn’t worth the hassle of setting it up and figuring it out. Switching from the Ipod interface to this is like switching from my brand new E2C’s to my old Sony MDR-G94NC’s - It makes no sense. The iPod’s included interface is too smooth to switch to an unfinished Linux copy. Perhaps I would reconsider once the project has been truly perfected and all the components of the Linux program work as well as the current iPod software does… keeping it simple is 1/2 the beauty of the iPod.

Posted by Brett - nrbelex in New York on March 21, 2005 at 9:26 PM (CST)

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