A typical plague of the internetz has hit this blog. It had no posts for a long time. -silence-
I am sorry for this, but even if it might surprise some people, sometimes there are more important things in life than keeping your blog updated.
Anyways here a quick overview of things that changed or matter before I get bugged at writing again:
Apple has blessed us with a new major release of their operating system for their iDevice range of products.
As a lot of people started to ask if one is still able to synchronize music using libgpod on Linux and if libimobiledevice and related works, I’d like to explain the current state of art here.
News spread yesterday after Bernd Marienfeldt discovered a security issue with passcode enabled iPhone devices still being accessible using a stock Ubuntu 10.04 system and now reaching major sites on the Internet.
Since those reports appear to point out that Ubuntu/Linux is “teh evil”, I’ll try to explain why this is totally false information and FUD.
The basic workflow he pointed out was:
- Set a passcode on a device
- Switch off the device
- Attach it to an Ubuntu system it was never attached before
- The device starts booting
- Ubuntu automounts the device media partition and allows access
The expected behavior is that the device would refuse to pair with the unknown system due to having a passcode set.
Now the problem here is that you can replicate this flaw with any operating system.
Even if you are not tech-savy, you should have noticed by now that Apple released it’s new product, the iPad, to the masses. This new device can simply be compared to an iPod Touch with a huge display. That’s it.
Now Apple had a keynote event yesterday and among other stuff presented the features of the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0.
This new OS version will provided for the iPad this fall alongside iPhone 3G/3GS and iPod Touches 2G/3G this summer. Developer builds are already available and some videos of the new features like multitasking (technically it’s just an illusion though) already fill up the internet tubes.
With the recent news about libimobiledevice and native Linux support for these devices some important questions rise that i’ll try to answer: