Making the iPad Sync with Linux

The Apple iPad can (sort of) sync up with a Linux machine, given that you're willing to make a few OS compromises.
Posted October 25, 2010

Paul Ferrill

Granted, syncing the iPad with a Linux PC isn't for purists: at some point you must update the iPad's firmware from either a Mac or Windows OS. Paul Ferrill reports.

The Apple iPad is without question a wildly successful product in a market space that's seen many false starts. It seems like the iPad was at the right place at the right time to scratch an itch we didn't know we had. Many wrote it off early on as just an expensive ebook reader with too many limitations to replace your netbook, much less a full-fledged business laptop.

Inquiring Linux minds want to know if they can make an iPad work without a Mac or Windows box. The answer is a qualified yes. You'll need a copy of iTunes to do some functions like firmware updating and transferring files to a specific application like Apple's iBooks ebook reader. You'll also need it if you want to get content from sources such as Apple's iTunes University. We'll look at how you could do this using Oracle's Virtualbox.


Syncing music and videos to the iPad is probably one of the highest priority functions you'll want to accomplish. For this task we chose Banshee, although we did update to the latest version. Banshee 1.8.0 recognized the iPad straight away and showed all the music and videos currently on the device. Importing music from the iPad is drop-dead, one-click simple. Once that's done you can drag music from your desktop / laptop to the iPad or set Banshee to keep the two in sync.

Read the rest at Linux Planet.

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