Linux And IPad
This is a discussion on Linux And IPad within the iPad General Discussions forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; I am a long time linux user, and just got an iPad as a gift. The first shock came when I turned it on, and ...
I am a long time linux user, and just got an iPad as a gift. The first shock came when I turned it on, and found that it won't do *anything* until you hook it up to a computer with iTunes on it. There is no iTunes for Linux, iTunes doesn't work under wine (Linux's Windows emulator), and I have no intention of installing Windows in a VM on my Linux box. I believe that the WIndows EULA specifically prohibits installation on a VM anyway, for those who care about following the terms of the EULA. Fortunately, there was an Apple store nearby, so I was able to take it there to be actviated.
I have to admit that the iPad is a sweet little device, but I am really used to telling my computer what I want it to do. The iPad is more of a device that tells you what it will let you do. As with most things Linux, there are ongoing projects to make the iPad workable under Linux, and I will be trying them out as they develop.
10-06-2010 09:42 AM
I had my first Apple //e in the early 80s and then a Mac SE in 1989.
After that there was a phase in which I mainly had Linux- and Solaris-systems.
They were ok, but then I switched back to a Mac when OS X came out, because imho, it's the better Unix.
Mac OS X is based on BSD Unix, the Kernel is open source and only the GUI is proprietary.
That's something I can live with.
Macs are more expensive than Windows-systems, but their performance is so much better. And I think I can tell, I always had a windows-system on my desk as well (still have) and performance on the same hardware is so much worse running Windows than with Mac OS X.
I must confess, I hackintoshed the Windows-system, just to see the difference. Had to go back to windows though, as my accounting software is windows-only.
Mac OS X is a very good, manufacturer-supported OS with a kernel that is tailored exactly to the specifications of the hardware it runs on.
Now... Unix, open-source, manufacturer-supported, regular updates, perfect match for the hardware, whatr more do you want?
Interesting post and replies. Yay Ubuntu but my iPad is getting addictive.
So is mine. But think of how much MORE addictive it would be if it ran Ubuntu!
Originally Posted by ibgeorgeb
Now I should probbably point out that "Wine Is Not a Emulator"!!!!
Originally Posted by mark121
I to am a long time linux user, (starting with slackware '96), But I am also a software developer and have found that I tend to follow the $$$ for projects and on occasion that does lead me to windows, so I keep a XP VM with a copy of VS 2008 ready for those.
If you read the windows XP or windows 7 EULA it infact encourages you to install windows in a VM, (only vista prohibits it, but thats because microsoft was embarressed about the performace of it on a dedicated machine, let alone a virtualized one. )
The EULA states that each installation is to be paid for, If you purchase a 'boxed' copy of XP or W7 you can install it on a second machine when you have removed it from the first. Microsoft wants you to install windows VM's because this way they get more $$$ for each one that you install (because you have to pay for each install that you make into each VM).
When I worked for a multi-national company Windows was available only in VMWARE
Some are not transferable to other computers (OEM copies that come bundled with hardware.), and some have 'conditions' ("Upgrade licences" require a previous Microsoft OS installed on that machine.).
Now if you can get the pad 'activated' (Note: Ask them @ the store and they will for you. ) then it works pretty well on its own. If you need to transfer music to it from your MP3 collection On linux you can either 'jailbreak' it (there is a linux JB available for the iPad) & use RythmBox to listen to music _OR_ you can use a app called "iFiles" from the appstore which allows you to either 'pull' music from the web or push music to your device via webDAV.
I ended up buying a 27" iMac for my oldest daughter and I now just use iTunes to manage the music on it (In actual fact I feel very comfortable on the iMac as its shell is just BASH, and it has 80% of the unix tools that I would expect to have. But I guess that OSX 10.6 is not POSIX compliant out of the box these days).
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