The iPhone Verdict + Ubuntu 10.10
Having been very kindly loaned an iPhone for a week, I have been impressed by many of its features but I remain sceptical of certain aspects and will be returning it to its original owner.
iTunes remains one of my biggest hang-ups about all Apple products and the inability of the creators to see that not everyone will want to use one piece of software for all their media needs. Being unable to use simple drag and drop out of the box is a big loss and the past week has only cemented my Hero's place in my pocket.
After days of updating, package downloading and other fiddling, I am sad to say that I have been unsuccessful in my quest to get the iPhone to talk to a Linux system. Linux Mint simply wouldn't recognise that I had even plugged anything in to any "known working" USB ports and even when I retreated to the relative safety of Ubuntu, there were still some connection issues using the iPhone/iPod friendly 10.10 Maverick Meerkat release. There are several articles on the Ubuntu website about getting your iPhone working with various media players but even after sifting through the appropriate packages and updating the system over and over again, I still had no joy.