Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:17 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries.
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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

on your router


No.

in your TV


No.

in the TV set-top/cable box


No.

in your washing machine


No.

in your printer and your scanner



No and no.

in your DVD player/recorder


No.

in your games console


No.

and on your mobile phone


No.

But yeah, I'm pretty sure there are more Linux installs than there are Mac OS X installs. Windows remains a bit debatable though, as they are doing relatively well on mobile phones and servers, and p0wn the desktop.

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3rdalbum Member since:
2008-05-26

Well, my router appears to run Linux; at the very least, it runs GPL software. I know because it came with a notice of where you can find the source code for the GPL software.

I've seen a GPL notice in several Panasonic TVs, and the URL given for source code does include a Linux kernel.

I also know there are a couple of set-top-boxes around that run Linux, and my DVD recorder appears to run either Linux or a Unix.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

My router runs Linux, though I purposely get it for that reason (Linksys WRT54GL). I modded it to run the Tomato firmware, and it works great. I was also looking at specs for some LG and Mitsubishi HDTVs I was considering buying, and found that some of them had a GPL notice (I think the Mitsubishi models, though I can't remember for sure). I didn't get a new TV yet, but I can certainly say my router runs Linux.

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SEJeff Member since:
2005-11-05

Ever heard of this dvr vendor named Tivo? They are completely linux. The only crap thing about them is that they digitally sign all executables. The kernel refuses to run non-signed software and believe me I've tried.

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daedalus8 Member since:
2008-03-10


on your router


No.



What you use Windows Routing Services? = FAIL

Router+Firewal = BSD/Linux NOT Windows.

Edited 2009-02-25 18:53 UTC

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thecwin Member since:
2006-01-04

Linux runs on my Netgear router, mobile phone, games console (though that was my choice) TV set top box and netbook, and a number of other systems that I installed it on myself.

I read a while back that my TV (some LG model) has it too but I don't know how true that is. I work at a windows-shop and we now have a Linux server for doing Subversion.


Nevertheless, I've identified at least one Linux install in all of my friend's houses. ;) Linux based router models are extremely popular here.

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