To truly unlock the latent computational power of your iPod, look no further than iPod Linux, a port of the famous open source operating system that runs on Apple’s early music players. Using Linux, you can run Linux-based iPod games, classic video game system emulators, image viewers, or even poke around on a Linux command prompt. It also allows users to play music files encoded in non-Apple-Supported codecs, similar to Rockbox.
There are a few different versions of fan-made iPod Linux installations, including the Linux on iPod project and the iPod-Linux Installer.
Neither project is currently active, so you may need a PowerPC Mac to get the installers to work. But heck, if that were a problem, you wouldn’t be installing Linux on a ten year-old iPod, now would you?
[Photo: iPod-Linux Installer project]