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  1. [News] Linux Shows up in Many Unexpected Places, Devices

    There's Linux Inside

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    | Have you ever uncovered Linux hidden in a place you didn't expect or have you
    | implemented it covertly? Here are some interesting stories from readers.


    New examples of GNU/Linux-based devices:

    Chumby: Cutest Linux Computer Ever

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    | Linux computers are everywhere. Oh, you may not think you’re using Linux, but
    | if you have a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) recording your television shows or
    | a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device or a Wi-Fi AP (Access Point) on your
    | home network, chances are you’re running Linux. None of those devices are as
    | cute or as downright odd as the leather-wrapped Chumby alarm clock.


    OpenMoko Unveils Neo FreeRunner

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    | OpenMoko has unveiled the Neo FreeRunner, based on the same free and open
    | source principles as the Neo 1973, which is tailored for mass market
    | consumers. Maintaining the overall look and feel of the Neo 1973, the Neo
    | FreeRunner features hardware improvements such as 2D/3D graphics and a faster
    | 500MHz processor.



    You're A Linux User/Supporter: You Just Don't Know It Yet *

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    | I'D like to start by asking you a series of seemingly unrelated questions. *
    | Have you watched Shrek or Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone? *Have you
    | flown on Continental, Virgin America or Singapore Airlines? *Do you drive a
    | BMW, Fiat or Renault car? *Are you serving in the United States Army? *Have
    | you ever bought anything online using Paypal? *Have you ever stayed in a
    | Sheraton hotel? *Or travelled by train in Canada? * *



    The hidden world of Linux

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    | There are many great FOSS projects that utilise old PC hardware and give it a
    | new lease of life. The best is desktop computing with various Linux
    | distribution flavours like Mint, PCLinux, Ubuntu and countless others. In
    | fact it is my considered belief that the best hardware to run Linux on is
    | infact (almost) any machine that is at least 12 months old. It is possible,
    | of course, to select components based on the degree (and maturity) of the
    | specific support under Linux but this has two major drawbacks. * * *
    | [...]
    | Not only do such projects look to modify embedded Linux devices, but some
    | great projects have sprung up to utilise old PCs every household seems to *
    | accumulate in order to fulfil a number of key uses. For example,
    | comprehensive firewall distributions like IPCop or Smoothwall or NAS
    | distributions like FreeNAS (although this is based on BSD.) These are not
    | dirty hacked operating systems either but very mature, streamlined, low
    | memory footprint distributions which run headlessly. Being totally
    | administered through a web browser makes these distributions feel extremely
    | professional and polished (even if the archaic hardware they are running on
    | doesn’t) this being coupled by the extraordinary amount of options present
    | really makes these projects an extraordinary example of the flexibility of
    | Linux/BSD. * * * * *


    Linux everywhere

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    | Take yesterday as a case in point. *I checked the order status of my Elonex
    | One, and sent an email to see if my order for the One can be upgraded to the
    | One+ (bluetooth, and bigger internal memory). *I then caught the train to the
    | Queen Elizabeth hospital, watching the in-train tv which is powered by some
    | Linux flavour (given the error message I saw a few weeks back). *Visiting my
    | friend Simon at the QE, he’s spotted that the tv/phone/internet screens that
    | each patient has are powered by Linux. *This is of course when he’s not
    | tapping away on his Asus EEE, and hopefully writing the next Da Vinci Code
    | (only better). * * * *


    Linux is truly everywhere

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    | I spent a long time smiling about the Linux bootup screen that I had just
    | seen. To begin with, it reminded me that Linux, and other open-source
    | products, are now everywhere. Linux is no longer for the uber-geeks. It's not
    | just for system administrators and programmers, either. Linux is now at the
    | core of mainstream appliances, there even when you don't think that a
    | computer or operating system might be involved. * *
    | [...]
    | Finally, Moore's Law and the general trend toward cheaper and faster hardware
    | means that Linux now fits into even more places than it did before. We
    | normally think of Linux as an operating system for servers, or even for
    | desktop computers. But we can expect Linux to be at the heart of a growing
    | number of appliances, from video-on-demand devices to digital video recorders
    | (e.g., TiVo), to cellphones (e.g., Android and OpenMoko). The Linux-powered
    | refrigerator, with a built-in bar-code scanner that can tell you how long ago
    | you bought milk, isn't far behind. * * *


    What CAN’T Linux do?

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    | 1. The story mentioned above. A man installs Linux on sixteen Playstation 3s
    | (with zero hardware modifications), clusters them together, and creates a
    | system to simulate black holes. *
    | 2. Installing Linux on a Mac. I was just reading the most recent Wired
    | magazine that has a good story on how Apple has created a very closed system
    | where only Apple software plays on Apple hardware. Hello Yellow Dog Linux! I
    | have run Linux on an iBook - it was sweet. *
    | 3. Routers. We all know that Linux works well on routers. OpenWRT installs
    | well on many Linksys routers.
    | [...]
    | 11. Airplane black boxes. Montavista uses a Carrier Grade Linux to power
    | in-flight recorders.
    | 12. Brain surgery. Yep. This Linux-powered robot helps in brain surgery.


    The most significant "embedded" individual

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    | Others mentioned include Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux; Jerry Fiddler,
    | the founder of Wind River; Steve Jobs, for continually pushing the technology
    | envelope; Reinhard Keil, for his development and promotion of Keil tools; and
    | Intel's Gordon Moore, because, as our reader points out, "he constantly
    | pushed for greater density in microprocessors." * *
    | A key mention goes to Richard Stallman, Founder of GNU Project and Free
    | Software Foundation. As a reader points out, "The GNU C compiler has enabled
    | free software development for a wide variety of embedded platforms, and it
    | wouldn't have been possible without Stallman's vision of a free software
    | development toolset." It's hard to argue with that logic. * *


    Embedded Linux research report ships

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    | EDC noted that some 40 percent of the survey's 500 respondents were targeting
    | embedded Linux. *
    | [...]
    | Also in the earlier reports, Andrews observed that the need for RTOS source
    | code was "one of the reasons that proprietary RTOSes created in-house for a
    | specific system have long been popular, and now it's a primary motivating
    | factor in the adoption of Embedded Linux." *
    | The now completed survey results are said to include "expert analysis" from
    | Ann Thryft, a 20-year industry veteran. The report includes chapters on
    | platforms, processors, tools, languages, security, target devices, mobile
    | development, and of course, Linux. *


    Microsoft Worried Over Linux Dominance In Embedded Space

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    | Renames its family of products to target the embedded market.


    Who's afraid of embedded Linux? Microsoft

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    | ...Microsoft is fighting a losing battle here. It's like gravity.
    | Eventually you just stop fighting and learn to accept it. Even Microsoft.


    Linux kernel maintainer calls for embedded specialist

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    | The maintainer of Linux 2.6 has called for a full-time,
    | architecture-independent "embedded maintainer." Speaking at a CELF's fourth
    | annual Embedded Linux Conference, Morton also told embedded developers how to
    | select a kernel, get support from the kernel community, and decide whether to
    | submit code to mainline. * *


    Linux the fastest-growing smartphone OS

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    | Meanwhile, in the world's largest mobile phone market (China), Linux already
    | has a 30 percent share, CCID Consulting Company said in March.


    Embedded developers and kernel hackers: can they work together?

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    | In many ways, Andrew Morton's keynote set the tone for this year's Embedded
    | Linux Conference (ELC) by describing the ways that embedded companies and *
    | developers can work with the kernel community in a way that will be "mutually
    | beneficial". Morton provided reasons, from a purely economic standpoint, why
    | it makes sense for companies to get their code into the mainline kernel. He
    | also provided concrete suggestions on how to make that happen. The theme of
    | the conference seemed to be "working with the community" and Morton's speech
    | provided an excellent example of how and why to do just that. * * *


    Embedded Linux Workshop Proves Big Attraction at Hi-Tech Developers Event

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    | The organisers of this year's Embedded Masterclass have announced that their
    | Embedded Linux Workshops are close to being completely sold out, weeks before *
    | the event.


    Linux still top embedded OS

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    | In a new whitepaper on Linux in the embedded market, VDC researchers cite the
    | following reasons for Linux's popularity:
    | * * * Licensing cost advantages
    | * * * Flexibility of source code access
    | * * * General familiarity
    | * * * Maturing ecosystem of applications and tools
    | * * * Growing developer experience with Linux as an embedded OS


    Why Ubuntu on ARM Could be a Rich Seam

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    | ARM today announced that the total number of processors shipped by its
    | Partners has exceeded ten billion.
    | * * * * * * *^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    | [...]
    | A Nokia-sponsored project is porting Ubuntu Linux to the ARM architecture.


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    | Around 98% of the world's CPUs manufactured are used in embedded systems.


    Four billion embedded systems shipped in '06


  2. Re: [News] Linux Shows up in Many Unexpected Places, Devices

    On Sat, 03 May 2008 18:35:16 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:

    > There's Linux Inside

    Linux is most often found inside trash cans where people toss the Linux CDs
    that they can't make work.

    I'll bet the landfills are chock full of Linux CDs.

    Moshe Goldfarb
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  3. Re: [News] Linux Shows up in Many Unexpected Places, Devices

    Micoshaft Fraudster Moshe Goldfarb wrote on behalf of Half Wits from
    Micoshaft Corporation:

    > I'll bet the landfills are chock full of Linux CDs.

    I bet you not.

    I bet you most of the land fill computers were wrongly
    tossed by WINDUMMIES creating landfills because they
    haven't learned Linux and tried to install Linux.

    Linux revives landfill PCs. Its only WINDUMMIES and their
    supporters like Moshe Goldfart that causes landfills to fill
    up with what would otherwise be useful computers.

  4. Re: [News] Linux Shows up in Many Unexpected Places, Devices

    In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Moshe Goldfarb

    on Sat, 3 May 2008 13:45:05 -0400
    > On Sat, 03 May 2008 18:35:16 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
    >> There's Linux Inside

    > Linux is most often found inside trash cans where people toss the Linux CDs
    > that they can't make work.
    > I'll bet the landfills are chock full of Linux CDs.

    So why isn't Chumby, the snuggly bedside computer, running Windows CE?


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