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Desktops the final Linux frontier

Oct 28, 2011, 11:04 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Here's an article SCALE has submitted to about a dozen local PC clubs to entice their membership to attend SCALE, and to advertise the class:

"Linux Inside Where will you find Linux... Inside your phone? In your car? In your living room? Open Source Software has long been at home in the data center, providing the engine to drive everything from web servers to high performance computing to Cloud. Its versatility, combined with low cost and massive community are pushing it out of the raised floor and into your pocket.Let's take a look inside a typical consumer router as an example. Chances are, you'll find Linux at the core.

"The venerable WRT-54G from Linksys was probably the first of these devices to become popular because of Linux. OK to be fair, Linux itself wasn't the draw so much as was the openness of the platform. Once they found a way in, enterprising coders were able to write alternative firmware which ran on the router's Linux kernel. Features not available in the stock firmware were added or unlocked providing additional value to the device, along with reported stability improvements. That was in 2002. Today, there are three popular (and other less popular) versions of alternative firmware – OpenWRT, DD-WRT and Tomato – which will run on a wide range of home routers. Even routers which are not 'open' to these third party choices are very likely running Linux. Network storage has been popular in business for many years. Simple to set up, easy to scale and very shareable, NAS devices like those from Network Appliance made fortunes. In 2011, your local Best Buy, Staples or Fry's will offer a selection of affordable NAS devices for consumers. Chances are excellent that Linux is powering the storage along with the attendant networking, RAID, sharing protocols and backup. Many NAS boxes include connection to Cloud services such as Amazon's S3 (also running Linux) for offsite backup, bridging home and enterprise applications of Open Source."

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