Hunting Penguins in the Desert: The CES Report

The second in Doc's series of reports on this year's trade shows.
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Ubiquity???

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"So, it's clear that Linux is fast becoming a pure infrastructural commodity--like the air we breathe. Why promote what's best taken for granted? Thus, take Linux's decreasing visibility as the inverse of its ubiquity"

Um, how about it's a sign of possibly rampant GPL violations? Or maybe still Fear of Microsoft? Don't say the L-word too loud! And what about us poor schmuck end users, who just want this ***** to frikken WORK on Linux??

Don't send Doc to any more shows, send someone who will ask hard questions, and come back with some solid information.

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Re: Hunting Penguins in the Desert: The CES Report

Anonymous's picture

Nobody at either booth knew if Linux was involved in their systems; but at trade shows like this one, what sells isn't tech. It's girls. XM drew a long line of fans looking for autographs from Juli and Tiffany, the "seductive hosts" of Playboy's Night Calls show.

http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph/?host=playboy.com

According to netcraft Playboy use Solaris.
Draw your own conclusions.

Re: Hunting Penguins in the Desert: The CES Report

Anonymous's picture

Hi this is HanishKVC here.
I want to inform u that u might have missed some linux based products at CES.
As I work for a company which makes Digital Media product designs and also act as ODM from India called Fedtec. We were part of the TI booth at CES. We had on display WORKING CONCEPT product of Digital Video Recorder and Multimedia Jukebox based on TI's DM270 chip on display, which was running our port of uclinux for this dual core ASIC consisting of ARM and DSP with some programmable accelerators for video processing. These products support mpeg4 encode/decode, mp3 enc/playback, Divx support, mjpeg, jpeg support (all these use DSP and Accelorators). Also gif is supported but this uses ARM only.

We support multiple OSs like vxworks, uitron, linux, ucos, stlite, nucleus etc in our products. However at the booth we had 2 products running uclinux and one running uitron.

In general we get many requests from product companies asking for product designs based on linux.

Re: Hunting Penguins in the Desert: The CES Report

davemc's picture

While this is interesting in the identification of the new "cool" stuff, the lack of Linux mentions is not newsworthy. For any infrastructure to be successful, it must be omnipresent, or as mentioned in another comment, kind of like power cords.

Years ago, I made a statement that "Linux won't be important until no one cares." (as an example : (http://www.linuxjournal.com//article.php?thold=-1&mode=flat&order=0&sid=...) ).

Now that we can simpy accept Linux, we can move on to the new battle for the last mile minds, the home user, the business desktop, the average game player.

Many of them don't mention Linux for the same reason...

Anonymous's picture

...that they don't mention having power cords. It's kind of taken for granted.
But for the brouhaha it would cause, this almost makes one long for an avertising clause in Linux's licence. Perhaps for the next show we can print some "built on Linux" stickers to tag participants' banners with.

Re: Hunting Penguins in the Desert: The CES Report

Anonymous's picture

If linux is used everywhere in embedded applications, I bet
the amount of GPL violations is staggering.
Will the GPL be powerless in the future, just because
of the sheer amount of violations?

Ron

Re: Hunting Penguins in the Desert: The CES Report

Anonymous's picture

Unications web site does not yet show the medic-center, that I could find.

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Anonymous's picture

Found the hidden link - another site
http://www.uni-wlan.com/

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