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Subject: Re: Linux on iPod
From: roland (
Date: 2003-10-18

> I'm sick of this Linux-on-everything movement. Linux doesn't belong on
> everything.
right! :)
but the only benefit we would have from that would be, to be able to say:
cool - linux runs on archos! coooooooool !
i`m sure it COULD be done - but there isn`t any other benefit which comes to my mind - so why should one waste time on porting that
sorry for such harsh words.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred Maxwell" <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2003 4:17 PM
Subject: RE: Linux on iPod

> Laurent DEFERT SIMONNEAU wrote:
> > So, my question is:
> > Is my JBR CPU powerfull enough to begin development of the penguin for
> it??
> > (please, say yes... with the 8Mo Ram modification?? PLEASE!!!)
> Why would you want to put Linux on your Archos? How would that be better
> than the purpose-built software created by the Rockbox team? Do you find
> yourself listening to music on your Archos and thinking "if only I could set
> permissions on files, I could keep myself from reading my own MP3 files" or
> "if I could use PGP on here, I could encrypt, and render unplayable, all of
> my MP3 files"? Do you think to yourself "sure, the track and artist names
> are fine, but I want to see the md5sum of the MP3 while it plays"?
> Linux is a very poor choice for a small embedded system like the Archos JBR
> -- and I'm an embedded systems engineer with over 20 years of experience.
> I've worked on everything from near-infrared spectrophotometers to printer
> firmware.
> I'm sick of this Linux-on-everything movement. Linux doesn't belong on
> everything. It's a great server OS. It's a pretty good desktop OS. But
> it's absurd for personal MP3 players.
> Regards,
> Fred Maxwell

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