Linux on iPod

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  1. DannyZR2 macrumors 6502

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    Anyone messed around with LinuxPPC thought about putting linux on an iPod??
     
  2. SubFredZero macrumors member

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    Stupid

    Yes, of course, put linux on the ipod... how are you going to type your commands ? :)
     
  3. Hes Nikke macrumors member

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    thats easy!

    FireWire keyboard! :D

    actuly, i'm sure there could be an elaberate way of doing it through the scroll wheel...

    /me rereads 1st post...

    /me wonders if ZR2 ment to STORE the OS on the iPod and then boot the mac from the pod...
     
  4. SubFredZero macrumors member

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    Nope

    I think he means to actualy boot the iPod with Linux... What a silly idea :)
     
  5. Meatmanek macrumors newbie

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    Its completely possible, the iPod runs off 2 ARM RISC processors. People are developing linux for that processor. The only trick is typing and getting past the mp3 player. It wouldnt be good if the iPod tried to play it as an MP3. ;-)
     
  6. OSeXy! macrumors regular

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    Some people are VERY keen to get their Apple-brand PDA!
     
  7. Choppaface macrumors 65816

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    that would be interesting

    'what does Linux SOUND like?'
     
  8. mischief macrumors 68030

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    Have you seen the movie "Strange Brew"?

    At one point they try to "play" a 5 1/4" floppy (de-cased) on an LP player. It made about the same noise i'd expect from running Linux through an MP3 player.:D
     
  9. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

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    Just pop a computer cd into your stereo to find out.
     
  10. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    sounds like a good way of frying your stereo and blowing out your speakers.
     
  11. Taft macrumors 65816

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    Re: Nope

    Actually Linux is a perfect candidate for being embedded into electronic devices. Its not as though you would run the iPod by typing commands to navigate, create and copy files, etc... Instead you'd put a very slim Linux OS on the iPod and get it to boot up. Then on top of that you'd add an mp3 player and an interface for displaying on that little screen and getting input from the buttons/scrollwheel. And also you'd need Firewire capabilities (which would be built into the system).

    Anyway, I have no idea if this would be possible, though I reckon that with some significant programming effort (mostly for the GUI, but also to port linux and mpg123 to the iPod) it would be possible. Just have the firmware load in a Linux kernal and boot it up.

    It actually sounds like a fun little project. Though I won't be experimenting with my iPod thank you very much. She's just too precious to me. It would be like doing home surgery on your own kids just to see how things work. Demented!!!


    Matthew
     
  12. Spock macrumors 68000

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    Why would anyone want to ruin an iPod with Linux?? Linux SUCKS ON ICE!!!
     
  13. Taft macrumors 65816

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    Compiler??

    I don't know if anyone here would know the answer to this, but has Apple provided any compilers for the iPod. I would bet that they haven't. If not, the prospect of getting Linux running would pretty much be a moot point. Unless you want to write your own...

    Rough.

    Matthew
     
  14. Digidesign macrumors 6502

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    A Zen master once told me that Linux sounds like...

    - the gargle in a trekkie's throat when Jeri Ryan's onscreen
    - the tear in the pants when squatting for fallen cheetos
    - fists shaking in the wind at online enemies
    - the sound of one hand typing :D
     
  15. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

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    That's odd, all I get is a soothing white noise.
     

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