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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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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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I ended up running through the alternative firmware images when Linksys stopped providing updated firmware for my first generation router. Tommato is nice. You may also like DD-WRT as a different replacement. It offers a few features above tommato.

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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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