Not sure why
A bloke with far too much time on his hands has managed
to get the open source operating Ubuntu to run on Amazon's ebook reader Kindle
While we understand the logic of wanting to get value for
money from the expensive e-reader, we don't see the point of ending up with an
epaper PDA which is incredibly slow when you can probably pick up a machine
from the 1990s that does the same thing for $10.
Jesse Vincent managed to get Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope
running on the Kindle 2 by using some fairly geeky hacking tools. He was showing it off during a talk at OSCON 2009.
Vincent said that his Kindle 2 has an Ubuntu 9.04 port to ARM running in a
He said that he used the USB networking debug mode Amazon
left hanging around when they first shipped the Kindle 2, a statically linked
telnetd and a cross-compiler to provide the bootstrap. From there, he built a
daemon that can convert DRM-free PDFs and ePubs into something Amazon's reader
on the Kindle can deal with.
“Mostly, the Kindle is a lovely little Linux box. Getting
X working took a bit of hacking, but everything else "just works"
with very little configuration,” he said.