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O'Reilly: Porting Linux to the iPod

Sep 30, 2003, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Howard Wen)

"Just as the name Linux on iPod suggests, now you can have Linux running on your iPod. With Linux on iPod, you can play (to a limited degree, as of this writing) MP3 and Ogg files under Linux on your iPod. This is possible thanks to the work of just one man, Bernard Leach, a 30 year old software engineer in Wiesbaden, Germany.

"Practically speaking, though, why should one even bother with running Linux on an iPod? Its creator hopes that his accomplishment will help extend the functionality of this closed-system gadget by inspiring others to develop Linux-based applications for it.

"The port uses uClinux, a Linux flavor designed for devices that lack a memory management unit (MMU). While the iPod has some MMU-type capabilities, they are not sufficient to support the Linux kernel. The code is released under the GNU General Public license..."

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