Don't you just love how the open source community works? Not too long ago, I echoed a call for help in getting the new iPods to work on Linux. Now, in less than a week, we get the first geek code to crack the iPod and make it work with your favorite Linux distribution.
With the initial hack, it will not take that long for the rest of the iPod-related Linux projects to update their libraries and resurrect the use of the new iPods on Linux.
Frankly, I think that this is not intentional on the part of Apple but hey, until Apple releases aof iTunes, I think Apple hates Linux. :)