jkarns at etb.net.co
Wed Oct 5 19:50:58 MSD 2005
On Thu, 29 Sep 2005, mso at oz.net wrote:
> [for News Bytes]
> A review of Rockbox, an open-source firmware for Archos digital music
> players. They are also porting it to some iRiver models, although this
> isn't finished. The article also discusses GP2X, a handheld
> video-game console with open specifications. It runs Linux, although it's
> unclear whether the distribution will be DRM protected.
I installed Rockbox on an Archos JBR-20 (jukebox / recorder) shortly after
acquiring it almost 2 years ago. It has some very nice features which the
OEM OS lacks, such as dynamic manipulation of the playlist while
listening, graphics / text file viewer, and other niceties. It's even
flash-able on some of the Archos boxes, which makes for a 10 second boot,
from power up to listening mode.
One advantage of the older series of the Archos boxes is that they use
standard components like AA ni-cad cells and 2.5" hd's, so they're easily
upgraded. Although they tend to be bulkier in terms of both weight and
size, than the non-hd devices and others like the Ipod, IMO the ability to
upgrade makes up for it. Imagine a pocket sized mp3 player with 80GB of
capacity, which doubles as a USB mass storage device. It's also a bit
more rugged, with a metal case, and fairly solid construction.
AFAIK, Rockbox doesn't run on some of the newer Archos models. I think
you were referring to GP2X wrt Linux, but to clarify, Rockbox is not.
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