Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Nov 2008 21:22 UTC
Linux Even though there are a lot of happy people using Apple's iPhone very happily, there's also a group of people who are not so happy, most likely because of Apple's rather strict policies regarding applications and developers. While most of these people would just jailbreak the thing, some take it a step further - by installing another operating system. Yes, Linux now runs on the iPhone (1st gen/2nd gen, and the 1st gen iPod Touch).
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Moochman
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2005-07-06

You're absolutely right: it is silly to get angry at someone just for doing what they feel like instead of what you think they should do. And stopping projects like this will not make problem X on Linux get fixed any faster.

I think the real reason for the parent poster's annoyance is the feeling that the Linux desktop is being neglected (which really isn't true, even if it feels like it sometimes), combined with a sense of powerlessness for a non-hacker to change that, combined with the fact that shiny stuff like iPhone ports get all the headlines in the geek news while useful stuff like driver development gets largely ignored (which btw is just the way things are, no changing that unfortunately).

What is important to remember in regards to Linux is how new the whole open-source model is for most players in the industry. It will take another long while before hardware companies get comfortable with the idea of releasing all their drivers as open-source. I do believe however that they will eventually come around.

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