FOSS: The major players in Linux and free- and open-source software

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| As free and open source software receives greater attention and recognition,
| several companies and packages are emerging as clear leaders and important
| influencers as well as visionaries that are sure to make a mark in the very
| near future. Here are my picks for who’s making a mark today and tomorrow on
| the FOSS world.

Google, WordPress... everyone is exposed to them all the time.


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.

Other smart devices with Linux inside - Smart cameras and video servers

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| Here, we take a look at a wide variety of interesting Linux-powered
| gadgets that don't fit into the other categories of this guide --
| everything from web-enabled digital cameras, to automobile
| telematics systems, to IBM's Linux wrist watch, to...

Consumer Electronics: Closing In on Open Source

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| Linux has the remarkable ability to be adapted and scaled to
| specific purposes. It can run corporate servers, personal computers
| and even small consumer electronics devices. Open source isn't a
| CE manufacturer's only choice for a micro OS -- among other options
| are WinCE and Wind River. Unlike other applications, however, a
| Linux system demands no royalties.