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Installing iPodLinux on the iPod Nano 31

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the doing-it-just-to-do-it dept.
Joe Barr over at Linux.com (also owned by VA Sofware) has an interesting writeup on how he took his iPod Nano and installed iPodLinux on it, making it into a "dual-booting, sweet MP3-singing, iDoom-playing monster."
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Installing iPodLinux on the iPod Nano

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  • does it (Score:1, Insightful)

    by raffe (28595) *
    work on ipod mini??? I would like to do it on my ipod mini!
  • by rtobyr (846578) <toby@@@richards...net> on Friday April 07, 2006 @09:20AM (#15083889) Homepage
    Doom on your iPod. Next thing you know, they're going to put Duke Nukem on the Atari 2600. Oh wait, they already did that [3drealms.com].
  • by vg1111 (799471) on Friday April 07, 2006 @09:22AM (#15083910)
    I have linux installed on my nano for the past 3 months and I am still looking for a way to play compressed video on it. If it can play compressed video then I don't need iPod Video.
    • It can, but on such a tiny screen and without only enough battery life to watch a couple of episodes it's not much more than a gimmick.
      • The iPod video has a special decoding chip for compressed video. It's a BCM2722, if I recall correctly. (And we still don't know how to work it.) The nano doesn't have that chip, so playing compressed video on it is going to be much, much harder, maybe impossible. We're working on it though. -- Josh
  • Will this work on the Video ipod?
    • Re:Video Ipod? (Score:2, Informative)

      by Dash_Rantic (647004)
      Yes, iPodLinux is currently running on 5G iPods. I think the screen refresh rate is currently pretty low, so it's not that useful just yet. They'll probably fix the problem soon, and then you wide-screen iPod people can be playing iDoom with the rest of us :) Read more: http://ipodlinux.org/ [ipodlinux.org] -Dash
    • Yes it does work, I have it on mine. The low screen refresh problem and sound issues they were having have been fixed.

      However, Podzilla 2 (think the desktop environment) is not letting me launch a terminal, or other applications, so I can't run a terminal or Doom or anything which kind of sucks. For the time being I'm 99% of the time booting into normal Apple OS.
  • oh yeah, (Score:2, Informative)

    by sk8dork (842313)
    I was pretty active in the IPL community, and as far as I know they've got it working on every ipod so far, except for the shuffle. When I say they, i mean the forum goers, meaning only the 1st 2nd and 3rd gen ipods are 'supported' by the IPL Core Team. The forums are overflowing with helpful tutorials to do it on any ipod, yes including the nano and "video" (5G)

    In fact, here's my personal instructional video [google.com] (for installing on nano) that I've had on Google video for some time. enjoy.

  • by generic-man (33649) on Friday April 07, 2006 @09:42AM (#15084073) Homepage Journal

    You're not supposed to load Linux on your iPod Nano. The iPod Nano is for playing music and viewing photos only. Apple has clearly stated this right up front.

    • If you want to play Doom, then buy a Nintendo DS and the Doom cartridge. You should probably get a Game Boy Advance too so that you can play other games too (the GBA will play original Game Boy games, but the DS cannot). What the hell, get a PSP with the old firmware so you can load other games as well.
    • If you want to watch videos, then buy a portable DVD player. You can get them at Wal-Mart for less than $100. Burn your own DVDs, though... the MPAA doesn't need any extra money.
    • If you want to run Linux, buy a laptop. You can get a low-end Dell for $500, but buy it used so Microsoft doesn't get its tax from you.
    • Lastly, if you want to carry all this around, it's probably not going to fit in your pocket. So buy a Nissan Pathfinder and modify it to run on biodiesel. Then you're going to want to set up a small laboratory to refine your own biodiesel fuel. Trust me, this is going to save you a lot of money.

    Thank you for following all the rules.

    (that was a joke son)

  • by madnuke (948229) on Friday April 07, 2006 @09:53AM (#15084168)
    It could be a portable usb linux firewall!
    • It could be a portable usb linux firewall!

      I know people run headless servers, but short of SSH'ing into the shuffle, how would you get any feedback at all? redirect stdout to the headphone jack? That can't sound very nice...

      Also, I can't imagine a music player without any network interfaces working very well as a firewall.
      • The shuffle has an LED. Either you can send output to the user in Morse code, by blinking patterns of colors*, or by rigging up one of those cool systems where you wave the device around and it "draws" words in the air.

        Or just set up festival and pipe all messages through text-to-speech, outputting them through the headphone jack. Be creative! :)

        * This is how the Airport Express gives you feedback on its operating status. It's reminiscent of BIOS beep codes.
      • Also, I can't imagine a music player without any network interfaces working very well as a firewall.


        That's why it's so secure! You just set the Cat.5 next to the iPod, and *nothing* malicious will get through!
  • iPod nano? Tux has lost weight.
  • by lampiaio (848018) on Friday April 07, 2006 @11:16AM (#15084981)
    So, now I can finally play Doom on my iPod Shuffle!

    ...by ear, that is.
  • No really, getting really old now.

    While running Linux on iPod is really novel, but seeing it coming up as headlines every few days on Digg (especially digg, christ!) and every other news site since, last year or so... Anyone else thinking the same?

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