The iPod can become
a powerful recording
device and game player,
all for free with Podzilla.
MOD YOUR POD
Enhance your iPod with a Linux upgrade.
By Phillip Torrone
Current estimates put the iPod population quality audio, and running new applications and
around 10 million. With that many brains banging games) while preserving the original iPod operat-on the same platform, a lot of weird mutations ing system.
and modifications can crawl out of the muck,
especially because the iPod is one of the more Installing Linux (Podzilla)
hackable players out there. on Your iPod
Here’s a roundup of just some of the benefits At this time, Podzilla supports only first, second,
when you Linuxify your Pod. and third generation iPods. That means the mini,
iPod photo, Click Wheel 4G, and Shuffle are out of
Photography by Phillip Torrone
Changing the iPod’s luck, but support for these models is expected to
Operating System happen fairly soon.
Future civilizations will judge us by how many Before you download the installer (ipodlinux.
devices we had that ran Linux. Until recently, get- org/installation), it’s a good idea to consider that
ting Linux on an iPod was fairly complicated and, what you’re doing could damage your iPod. It’s
at best, the resulting penguined iPod wasn’t very unlikely, but read the documentation and decide
useful. Things have changed. Installing Podzilla for yourself.
can give your iPod even more features (such as If you go ahead with the installation and
viewing black and white photos, recording high- something goes wrong or you’d like to roll back to