I wouldn't say that it's either 1. 2. or 3. It's probably all of the above 1, 2 and 3. This is very very exiting news....if Google Code is hosting this it probably means either that 1) Apple is giving the nod to this kind of development, 2) they are going to release an SDK or 3) Apple will realize the need for people to access the iPhone as a development platform to do really cool stuff with it.....
The application is MobileTerminal, "a terminal emulator application for the iPhone. MobileTerminal.app is NOT an SSH client, nor Telnet for that matter. It can however be used to execute a console ssh-client application."
Yes. I can now access my computers remotely and securely from my iPhone. Having sftp-server on the phone gives me filesystem access -- either via GUI drag-n-drop FUSE drivers or sftp clients or from CLI via sftp or ssh -- from any OS. That includes classic Mac OS and Linux, too. It also opens the gate for SSH tunneling as well, which can help in those scenarios of being on a public Wi-Fi network and still wanting to securely connect to email or computers.So, like i said ? Do others have a use for something like this ? I do, but I cant use it.
Google is the kind of company to face the legal ramifications from Apple, if there were / are any, for doing this type of thing. The simple act of Google releasing this says alot.
Sure, Apple can try to force Google to pull down the page -- not quite sure why they would, but I suppose they could -- but in that unlikely scenario, it'd move to SourceForge, BerliOS, or any other source hosting pages. They're not exactly breaking IP by releasing applications that utilize Apple's API whether or not that API is published.You understand that all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials ("Content") are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated.
Someone tried it and posted a video.Hopefully the start of a lot of applications appearing. Wonder what happens when you put more than 16 applications on there.