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Linux Journal: World Domination? Heh - Linux "soaking into everything" at Comdex

Nov 23, 2000, 20:36 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doc Searls)

"We'll put the bottom line at the top: Linux is soaking into everything. I spent the last two days at Linux Business Expo in the Sands Convention Center, a kind of leading-edge annex to Fall Comdex. We're partners in that pavilion, and the LBE folks have done a terrific job. It turns out, however, that there is a less visible but rather huge Linux movement happening everywhere else at Comdex and, therefore, in the industry."

"The story for me is that Internet Appliance, again like Cobalt, runs on Linux. Get this: I stopped here to check the place out because I was sure that anything called a 'server appliance' probably had to run on Linux. And sure 'nuff, it does. So, it seems, does nearly everything else that's called "thin" or an "appliance." Between the last paragraph and this one, I carried this assumption experimentally around the floor of the North Hall and here at the Sands (I'm back at the Linux Journal booth, jacked into the Matrix) and found that Linux was running in (or run-able on) all the below..."

"Embedded Linux is viral in the extreme. ... In most cases, the companies didn't even give me reasons why they built their boxes with Linux. It was like I asked why they used a TCP/IP stack or plastic in their cases. Clearly, embedding Linux is getting to be less of a brainer every day."

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