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13.4. Linux on the iPod

When the Macintosh-only iPods appeared on the horizon, clever programmers created software like EphPod and XPlay that made them Windows-compatible, long before Apple created Windows-friendly iPods.

Not surprisingly, disciples of the Linux operating system weren't far behind. Linux is an alternative operating system for personal computers, created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds of Finland. (It's the system whose official mascot is a cute penguin named Tux.) Instead of starting his own company or selling his code to a large software corporation, Torvalds made his source code available for free on the Internet (as open source code) and invited other programmers to help him improve it, which they did.


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