On May 28, 2010 Sebastien wrote an article on the fact that anyone running Ubuntu Lucid Lynx could potentially access your iPhone’s data with ease getting around the PIN.

Well, starting with Ubuntu 10.04 you can actually access your entire iPhone without a jailbreak or unlock. The developers of Ubuntu found a way to build this entirely into the operating system itself and it’s just a matter of plugging in your iPhone and ‘bam’ instant access. Ubuntu can not only access the entire iPhone storage but the default mp3 player software called Rythmbox can access all the music and even sync music with the iPhone from an Ubuntu PC…

I have been running Linux for a long time now as I am not a fan of Windows and it’s issues nor do I believe in over paying for Mac systems although the Mac OS is far better than Windows. I keep one laptop hard drive set up with Windows XP just for iTunes but I primarily run Ubuntu and sync my music and movies with it all the time no problem. Ubuntu is even nice enough to place a shortcut on the desktop that even looks just like the iPhone or iPod, which ever device you are using.

Yesterday Ubuntu released 10.10 which is even faster and smarter than the previous Ubuntu 10.04 and I was pleased to see iPhone and iPod support still native. In earlier versions of Linux you had to do a lot of customizing to access your iDevices and for those that weren’t Linux savvy it was a very daunting task. Now everything is done for you, neat and clean and I am pleased that Apple didn’t sue them to remove the ability since even Mac OS doesn’t give you full access to the entire device last I knew.

The only thing I have noticed is that for some reason even though it’s been out for a while now, my iPad doesn’t seem to be supported. I am hoping this might be remedied in some future version of Ubuntu, maybe 11.04 next April when it comes out, will be able to do the job. In the meantime, maybe I will email the developers and ask them about it.

What do you think? If you currently run Windows only, would you consider Ubuntu? FYI did I mention Ubuntu is free!?

  • Yboy403

    Can you edit the file system? If so, you could basically ssh into a non-jailbroken iphone. Or am I wrong?

    • William Douglas

      I believe so but I will have to double check and let you know later today as at work all I have is Windows 🙁

  • Raist1313

    I have had to run a Windows partition just for the use of my ipod touch and i was extremely pleased to see how easy it was this time to use it without iTunes. Good job for the Ubuntu team. =)

  • Kenny

    Ubuntu is on a partition of all my computers and runs amazingly on a quad core desktop but being able to sync a iphone just makes it even better Il try to sync all my i devices when the next relese of ubuntu comes out 😀

    • William Douglas

      Already out, unless you mean 11.04 next year. I sent an email to the Ubuntu Team to see if I can find out why the iPad is not working yet.

  • Mandingo

    Too much fanboism and too many spelling errors to take this article seriously. I’m not trying to be a douche but you’ve already lost me when you turned this into an OS issue. An objective review would have sufficed.

    • Andy Mars

      I’m afraid I have to agree, not a Linux blog.

      • William Douglas

        Doesn’t need to be a Linux blog, this is an iPhone blog and this is an article on how to use iPhone with another OS.

  • greytone

    I run Windows 7 but I run a few Linux Distributions in VirtualBox. I’m somewhat new to the OS and still getting used to finding my way around. I flat-out refuse to install iTunes on any of my personal machines so syncing with Rythmbox is wonderful news.

    That’s also why the notion of “Windows XP just for iTunes” just gave me a headache. 🙂

  • Bent

    To make this work on Kubuntu (10.04 atleast):
    sudo aptitude install ifuse gtkpod
    sudo mkdir /media/iPhone
    ifuse /media/iPhone (add –root if jailbroken to access full device, ála ssh/scp)

    to unmount, use umount /media/iPhone

  • Need windows to do all my work , but kubuntu is nice .
    Need a windows -iTunes replacement !

  • Condios

    @Bent: Thanks! Nice, works on Fedora too :-))

  • Yuumoon

    How can craete apps for my iPhone,and how can I get around the iPhone hard desk.
    Deos any can help me about it