Roy Schestowitz wrote:
$50 breakout box turns the GP2X game system into completely open Linux
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| While this may not be exciting for the casual user, Linux geeks who
| like to get down and dirty with their hardware should be drooling
| right now at the possibilities. Add a few gigs of storage to the
| storage along with some of your favorite Linux applications, and you
| have a very inexpensive and fun micro-system to play around with. This
| also makes it very easy to flash and debug GP2X systems. All for
Fun for hackers, but sometimes you have to wonder why they would want to
do some of these things.
Same reason people climb mountains.
I can't think of any great benefit in having linux on a diddy little game
boy type box, it's not like you can do much on a screen and keyboard like
that, other than play games, so why not leave the OS as it is and play
the games? (I can't even see those screens properly so I can't play them
it lets you add other software, or even hardware to it. You could run a
web server on it, less heat and noise. and it'd use far less electricity.
The only real reason I can think of is to reverse engineer the unit and
the games, with the intent of cheating, duplicating and counterfeiting.
Or to take what is in essence a full blown computer vastly more capable
than the original IBM PC and use it to its full capacity.
Yet again Linux gets associated with stealing.
Only by people who don't see any other advantages.
Some of these 'get linux into everything' schemes feel to me a bit like
getting excited over someone claiming to have installed Linux into their
washing machine controller. What would we get from that? whiter than
white yfronts or something?
Sure, and an upgradeable system. Currently, the firmware in washing
machines is static, once you've bought it that's it. With linux on it,
you can upgrade if the manufacturer brings out a newer version. You'd
maybe also get sensible logs in the event of it breaking down.