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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2004

    Install linux!

    Steve Jobs and Apple have a consistent genius for providing a cool technological tool that quickly represents a zeitgeist. Most recently exemplified by the iPod. This deceptively little wearable gadget is the subject of half the book. The other half concerns iTunes, which is almost as popular. Knaster takes you beyond the official Apple-sanctioned capabilities. He shows how to do such fundamental actions as overwrite the operating system of the iPod with linux. You can't get more basic than that! Potentially, this opens up the iPod hardware to anything a linux programmer can dream and implement. Taking full advantage of the open source movement. Of all the things Knaster discusses, this is the most important. The other tasks are nice, but very specific. This linux installation is open ended. If you are indeed a skilled programmer, check carefully this part of the book. Maybe there is something novel you can design.

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