"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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