Where do you find Linux?

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Looking through my home for Linux systems I just realized that it is everywhere. First of all, I find it on my computers - from servers to laptop. That is the obvious place though. I wonder, where else can I find Linux running?

Next, I find it on my set-top-box, a DM500 - a dreambox. The dreamboxes range from my very basic PAL receiver to devices with multiple receivers and HD-support. All are based on a Linux system running on a PowerPC processor. The box has networking and there is community driven development version of the software running on the box. The result - I can stream TV to my laptop, play content from my server and set record timers over the internet.

Then, looking further, there is a cell phone. Not mine actually, but my wife has an Android phone, so that has to count. Not as hackable as I'd like. I just might have to get a N900 to remedy this situation. Any phone with a shell prompt is a must have :-)

Realizing that I missed the obvious - my router. The LinkSys WRT54-something router happily runs Linux. Actually, it is running (a rather old) image from the OpenWrt project. OpenWrt can be considered as a distribution for Linux-based routers. I can't boast about having configured and extended it to prepare my morning coffee - but the community driven images can handle features such as printer sharing and NAS in addition to being a great DHCP server and firewall.

Looking in my daughters room, I can't find Linux anywhere - at least not yet. However, a small Tux sits on a shelf.

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I found it on Continental

Rishi's picture

I found it on Continental Airlines' in-flight entertainment system -- they run Ubuntu!

tryMINT

romas's picture

TRY LINUX MINT. ITS BEST.

I was just on a Continental

metalx2000's picture

I was just on a Continental flight 2 days ago. How did you find out they were running Ubuntu? I'm going to be on another flight in a few days.

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One of the machines crashed,

Rishi's picture

One of the machines crashed, I guess (so it was being rebooted, I think) -- I saw the Ubuntu penguin and logo at the top of a shell window as lines of text were flashing by.

Roku anyone?

bertrapp's picture

I'm surprised no one mentioned a Roku box? I've got a Roku box that streams Netflix movies. It runs Linux. http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/roku%E2%80%94breaking-linux-not-invi...

Our Cisco IDS runs on Linux.

Anonymous's picture

Our Cisco IDS runs on Linux.

on my music players

snarlydwarf's picture

... my Squeezebox Radio, Touch and Controller all run Linux. As does my Samsung TV. (The wife says I can't enable telnet on the TV and log in...)

Samsung TV

Oppie's picture

A tv with linux on it? What would you need linux on a tv for?

TV's need software to Display

metalx2000's picture

TV's need software to Display the picture on the screen, control Volume, set date and time, pretty much all their basic functions. Many Companies will use Linux and/or other Open-Source software for this. It saves time and money on development. But, if they are using something that is under a GPL then they are required to supply a copy of the GPL with the product. A bunch of companies just got in trouble for not doing this, Best Buy was one of them and I think JVC was in there too. I believe it was Busy Box they were using. Someone correct me if I got the details of that law suite wrong.

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where to find?

lottaine's picture

i just come across this place by search laptop batteries on google...

Sony TV

nihed's picture

My new Sony BRAVIA TV use linux as OS.
Maybe, we will have one day more codec and option throw community

Linux

gArden gOals's picture

At my house we have quite a bit too. Most of the computers--from netbooks to laptops to desktops to a local server run various distributions of Linux.

We have a couple of cheap Motorola phones that technically run a Linux kernel because of LiMo.

yup besides my laptop my cell

eko's picture

yup besides my laptop my cell phone is using linux. altough not android but it using motorola ezx linux (ROKR E6) and motomagx (ZN5).
on the ezx one I love when I can access the shell :)

Got Root? I DO!

Anonymous's picture

Ummm Download ConnectBot... connect to localhost, get your $ prompt you wanted... seems like it's there!

I also have # in case you don't know what that is, # aka ROOT access to my DROID...

" Not as hackable as I'd like. I just might have to get a N900 to remedy this situation. Any phone with a shell prompt is a must have :-)"

Bravia

jmite's picture

I'm not 100% sure, but I think I read somewhere that the Sony Bravia televisions run some simplified version of linux...

Sony and Linux

Debianero Rumbero's picture

I love this group!

metalx2000's picture

I love this group of commenters.
2 of you have N800. I use to love my N800. I sold it to get some money for my N900, which I love. I still wish I had My N800, just a another device to play with.

I'm going to check out the sites that TOM TOM recommended.
http://www.opentom.org
http://www.tomtomheaven.com/

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i actually fought with myself

Anonymous's picture

i actually fought with myself for quite a while trying to decide between the droid and an n900. If there were more carrier options in the states for the n900 it wouldn't have even been a question.

The only real draw back to

metalx2000's picture

The only real draw back to the N900 is that. The device is great. But you are limited to At&t or Tmobile. Hopefully we will see more Maemo or should I say Meego options in the near future. And hopefully they will keep it as open as it currently is.

P.S. BMW announced the other day that they will be useing MeeGo in the car's entertainment units soon.

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My Panasonic TV runs on Linux

Anonymous's picture

My Panasonic TV runs on Linux (found the GPL license agreement in the on screen menu by coincidence).

TomTom

Anonymous's picture

My TomTom navigation system runs Linux and I've added an X server to it. MPlayer runs nicely.

Links:
http://www.opentom.org
http://www.tomtomheaven.com/

Well here's where i can find

demo's picture

Well here's where i can find Linux in my house.

Arch + Slackware on my Desktop
uClinux running on my PlayStation portable
Ubuntu 10.04 on my brothers laptop
Some old piece of junk running Xubuntu 9.04
And a whole shelf dedicated to about 80 live cd's (both linux and bsd's... i guess that counts xD)

I have also tried convincing my parents to scrap windows xp from their computer, and maybe use Linux mint, but not going so good at the moment.

Seems to be almost everywhere. Next step, Linux powered toaster!

Hmm, that might just be the

Chris S's picture

Hmm, that might just be the first I've heard of a shelf "running" Linux...

Well, let's see: - Arch Linux

Anonymous's picture

Well, let's see:
- Arch Linux on my laptop
- Arch Linux on my wife's laptop
- Arch Linux + XBMC on my custom HTPC
- Arch Linux + Touchscreen on my daughter's eee 701
- Tomato Firmware on my Linksys router
- Maemo on my Nokia n800
- Android on my Droid and the wife's Eris
- Now that I think about it, my Samsung LN series TV runs a linux firmware too...

Wow. I just realized that. We've been a Windows free household since before my daughter was born 3 years ago. Not strictly so, we just haven't had the need.

My house!

Jake's picture

At my house we have quite a bit too. Most of the computers--from netbooks to laptops to desktops to a local server run various distributions of Linux.

We have a couple of cheap Motorola phones that technically run a Linux kernel because of LiMo.

Our Tom Tom runs Linux.

My Nokia N800 Internet Tablet runs Linux--quite hackably! I <3 Maemo.

My Barnes & Noble nook runs Linux through Android distribution.

But not too much else. Have some phones running generic OSs and one Blackberry. The ruoter is a cheapo Netgear with no chance of a Linux distro. And nothing fancy in the living room or anything. Probably our lack of Linux gadgets is more attributable to a lack of gadgets.. a situation I'd love to remedy!

N900 FTW!!!

metalx2000's picture

You have to get a Nokia N900. Right now the only thing that comes close to it as a netbook. There is no phone in the same league as the N900.

Also, Check out this Sony Site and see if your TV, Digital Camera, or other Sony devices are running Linux:
http://www.sony.net/Products/Linux/common/search.html

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