June 01, 2007

Wixpy: linux-based iPod?

I suppose this was bound to happen. Nearly everything digital has a Linux OS put on it as some point. It's sort of a communal proof of concept. It's certainly amusing to watch, but this time, it seems potentially very profitable.

TurboLinux has announced Wizpy a Linux-based iPod equivalent (and then some). Not only does it have the basic media functionality of the iPod, it also includes the ability to run Linux on any PC you connect the Wizpy to without having to restart, reinstall, or reformat anything.

At first blush, it reminds me of the Black Dog, but with a screen and debatably better marketing. I hope it takes off. It certainly seems to have promise, and it also comes with a lower price point than even the rather inexpensive iPods (depending on what you want of course).

Idea: Now, if they were to add Wi-fi and VoIP capability, they might have something of an iPhone competitor on their hands...maybe.

Side Note: If you've got a USB drive and Wizpy's got you thinking, then you might want to check out QEMU-Puppy. It's QEMU emulator + PuppyLinux (a very small linux distro). I've got it on my thumbdrive, but have only just dabbled with it.

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Posted by TheIdeaMan at June 1, 2007 10:52 AM | TrackBack

linux-schminux. *yawn*

I'd rather see updated photos of your kid every once in a while. just every once in a while. =}

Posted by: joy at June 2, 2007 11:13 AM
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