I think this may be the only good news I’ve read about the Zune, so far. I wonder what the Zune program manager will feel if folks buying Zunes just to install Linux ends up being a large share of whatever sales they manage to make.
I’ve stayed away form the Linux distros for the iPod because, at the moment, I’m pretty OK with the Apple software chain supporting my iPod. It is nice to know that I could switch away, if need be. The fact that this is possible is the only fact that would open up getting a Zune for any serious consideration.
The undertone of the article seems to be speculation about what the open source community could do better with the Zune’s wireless hardware than Microsoft’s initial effort. While there are any number of fascinating and fun possibilities, I doubt this is going to enable purchasing new music via the device’s wireless interface.
Now, a Songbird port to an embedded Linux distro running on a Zune would be an interesting little project, indeed.