Interview with Bernard Leach (iPodLinux)

Posted by Cypress on Oct 31, 2006 8:26 AM EDT; By Sarted
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Nowadays, having an iPod is like having a car. Everybody has one. You can see them on the street: those cute little white headphones, mouth muttering the words of a song, head moving on the rythm of the tune. But who sais iPods are stuck with proprietary firmware? The iPodLinux Project is offering an alternative: run Linux on your iPod. Run games, movies on a Nano or turn older generation iPods into... something more.

Sarted: What is iPodLinux and when did the project start?

Bernard Leach: The ipodlinux project is about opening up the iPod platform to a wide audience of enthusiasts that would love to see the iPods do more that what the Apple software includes. As a consumer device the iPod has excelled for many reasons, one of them being that its first and foremost a Mp3 player. That focus has allowed Apple to develop a device that's so simple anyone can pick it up and start using it right out of the box. As enthuiasts though, we're always looking to make it do more - can't play back your FLAC encoded music, can't enjoy a game of Tetris on your Nano - ipodlinux is one way of letting those enthuiasts at the hardware to develop their own applications.

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