French web site Macbidouille reported today that German hackers have successfully booted Tiger on an iPod nano.
The site was immediately contacted by Apple Legal, which angrily demanded that the images be removed. However, the company indicated that it was not because of concerns over losing control of its ability to control its market.
“It’s not that it violates our business model,” said Tim Cook, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Operations. “It’s just stupid.
“I mean… the iPod’s just got that stupid little scroll wheel… you can’t type with it… Just pisses me off.”
If Cook was “pissed off” by Tiger running on an iPod nano, he was positively furious at reports filtering out of the UK that indicate hackers there have successfully booted Linux on an iPod shuffle.
“What?!” an agitated Cook said. “How… how can you even prove that?! It doesn’t have a screen! It’s got five buttons! FIVE!”
Yet hacker Sean Neaves was insistent that his iPod shuffle was actually running Linux.
“It’s running a special build I compiled and loaded onto the unit via USB,” Neaves said.
“Here, look,” Neaves said, clicking on the shuffle’s buttons. “I just loaded GIMP.
“Totally. I’m… I’m… editing an image here. Um… la-la-la… now I’ll just… crop and… run a filter… and… see? See? I just edited this image.”
“OK, look, I’ll do it again. But pay attention this time.”