In the past, the dirty but effective way to access the iPhone from your Linux system is via SSH. This requires you to jailbreak your phone and it voids the warranty. With iFuse, you can now mount your iPhone/iPod Touch under Linux with just a USB cable. You can also view/edit/cut/copy/paste the file just like any USB disk drive.
InstallationOpen up your terminal, type the following to open up your APT sources file
Insert the following lines to the end of the file
gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
The above is assuming that you are using Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty). For any other version, simply replace the jaunty by the respective version name (hardy, intrepid, karmic etc)
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/jonabeck/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/jonabeck/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
Save and close the file.
Back in the terminal:
Once the installation is done, connect your iPhone to your computer via the USB cable.
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com F0876AC9 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ifuse
Open up your Nautilus. You should see the iPhone/iPod entry at the side pane. This show that it is already mounted in your system.
Click on the entry to view the filesystem.
Things that you can do1. View/copy/download photos.
You can now manage the photos that you have taken with your iPhone without iTunes.
2. Create folders, upload/download files
You can now use your iPhone as a USB drive and use it for file storage. To allow confusion/conflict with the other system files, it is best to create a custom folder (and name it My Folder) and store all your files there.
3. Managing address book/calendar (upcoming)
Work is underway to sync the contact data with Conduit.
What you cannot do nowManage your music database
Apple uses a cryptographic signing algorithm to encrypt all the music files. While you can access the music folder, there is no way that you can transfer your music over and get it to work in your iPhone.
1. iFuse is not Ubuntu-specific app. It works for most Linux distro as well.
2. Mac users can also use iPhoneDisk to achieve similar functionality.