If you've been wanting to share your iPad's Internet connection with your Linux system without resorting to jail-breaking your tablet or going through other lengthy steps, it should now be possible to setup.
Thanks to a simple patch that was applied yesterday from the kernel mailing list
, the ipheth driver now supports the Apple iPad. The ipheth driver is the iPhone USB Ethernet driver for Linux. This open-source driver allows iPhone (and now iPad) tethering via USB cables and doesn't require a jail-broken iOS or third-party proxy software.
Up to this point the supported ipheth hardware has been the Apple iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4 CDMA, and iPhone 4S. Before getting excited about the iPad working, be forewarned that it's only the original iPad -- not the latest-generation iPad or even the iPad 2, but the original first-generation iPad (product ID: 0x129a).
The ipheth kernel driver has been mainline for over two years now and the driver is to be used in conjunction with its user-space component to perform the handshake and device pairing, etc. More information on this Linux iPhone Ethernet driver is available from this web-page