Boot Ubuntu from iPod (HDD based.)

Tim Edwards liststuff at fastmail.com.au
Tue Feb 14 15:13:04 UTC 2012



On Tue, Feb 14, 2012, at 09:25 PM, Adoris9211 wrote:
> On Feb 14, 2012, at 8:45 PM, Avi Greenbury wrote:
> 
> > Ubuntu only supports arm7 and x86. I very much doubt the iPod runs
> > either of those I'm afraid. Even that aside, it's rather peculiar
> > hardware. Rockbox might be a better place to start.
> 
> I think what Dave trying to say is not running ubuntu INSIDE the iPod,
> but booting his PC (or any PC actually) from his iPod. In this case the
> iPod acts like an USB stick or a hard disk and it is surely possible.
> 
> I myself for example, once brought with me a USB stick running a distro
> named Slax.  Really convenient :-) 

Interestingly it looks like it's actually possible, at least with older
iPods:
http://www.engadget.com/2004/08/17/how-to-use-an-ipod-as-a-bootable-drive/
http://www.macworld.com/article/57772-2/2007/05/tcoipod.html

The question is why you'd bother with any of this (one of the suggested
pieces of software there is $135!) when you can just go and buy a 2GB
USB stick for 5 Euros.

Tim



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