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Subject: RE: Linux on iPod

RE: Linux on iPod

From: Fred Maxwell <>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2003 10:17:29 -0400


> So, my question is:
> Is my JBR CPU powerfull enough to begin development of the penguin for
> (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

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.

  Fred Maxwell
Received on 2003-10-18

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