First time I discovered the fact that games consoles are severely limited by default was when I bought a Nintendo DS and ordered an adapter that let me access MicroSD cards. Suddenly I was able to read ebooks, look at pictures, watch videos, listen to music, play homebrew games, use various apps like paint and wordpad etc. I was fairly amazed to find that the DS could do all this but not without hacking it since the manufacturers didn't build in any hardware and software to let people do all this. I just got an XBox 360 and I can see Microsoft severely limited what you can do with these things by default too. I plugged in an Ext3 external harddrive and it wouldn't even detect it. I connected to my wlan and looked for my linux shares but it didn't detect any. From what I've read you aren't able to transfer videos onto the harddrive and you can't play games stored on the harddrive without having the DVD which all makes the 250GB harddrive seem fairly useless. As far as I know hacking your own XBox is legal so theres no good reason not to get rid of these limitations.
Firstly I'm thinking of installing linux on a separate partition so I can keep the default OS for playing games and other stuff. Once I have that installed I'm guessing I've got rid of a large percentage of the limitations. Anyone here have an XBox 360?