PERISCOPE SPECIAL: The peer pioneers - Times of India

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| Today, over a hundred million users of set-top cable boxes, Tivos, Motorola
| Razrs, and other home appliances use Linux, and over a billion people use it
| indirectly whenever they access Google, Yahoo, or myriad other websites. If
| you drive a BMW, chances are it's running Linux. Linux-related hardware and
| services produce billions of dollars of revenue annually and now IBM, HP,
| Motorola, Nokia, Philips, Sony, and dozens of other companies are dedicating
| serious resources to its development.

"I’m thinking of hitting the OEMs harder than in the past with anti-Linux. ...
they should do a delicate dance"

--Joachim Kempin, Microsoft OEM Chief


The inadvertent Linux user

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| Linux is deployed in more than 25 per cent of smartphones, and is second only
| in popularity to the Symbian operating system (OS) in that market.

Reaching into small spaces

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| You may not know what Linux is, but there's a good chance you use it
| every day. It's not a household cleaner or a prescription drug, but a
| form of software that is spreading beyond corporate computer networks
| into electronic devices such as personal digital assistants, TiVo
| boxes, navigation systems and home routers.
| Before long, it could be in your cell phone, too.
| "Just about everyone in the developed world is encountering embedded Linux
| in some form or fashion every day," said Chris Lanfear, an analyst
| for technology market research firm Venture Development Corp.
| And that's good news for consumers.
| Although Linux-based devices are virtually indistinguishable from those
| that run on other kinds of software, the Linux infrastructure should
| bring down the cost of many high-tech gadgets. What's more, users
| benefit from more frequent updates by device manufacturers and the
| possibility of new and better software options in the future.