Linux has quietly inserted itself into the hands of millions of people without them evening knowing it. Linux and free software supporters have long dreamed of the day when people would readily adopt Linux on their desktops and laptops, but it has been in the mobile and embeded markets that Linux has taken hold. Anyway, here are 6 undercover Linux devices:
1. Roku – The tiny little media player that pumps out Netflix videos and other streaming content is Linux powered. Unlike Linux desktops, it can play the DRM-laced videos from Netflix, but getting the Linux source code won’t help you hack it to that end.
2. Droid, HTC EVO, etc. – There are now a ton of Android phones flooding the mobile phone carriers. Take your pick. The Android operating system is a Linux variant, so all of them run Linux.
3. The Nook – The little e-book reader that could from Barnes and Noble is not only a Kindle killer. It also runs Android and, therefore, Linux.
4. The Kindle – Not to be outdone by the Nook, Amazon’s own e-book reader also runs a custom Linux variant. Nevertheless, like the odd Roku/Netflix situation, there is no desktop Kindle reader for Linux.
5. Google TV – Also Android-powered (seeing a trend yet?), Google TV will continue the Roku trend of bringing Linux to the living room.
6. Boxee Box – This aught to be called Geek Box, but people might confuse it with Geexbox. This little cute thing can play just about anything you throw at it, making it a real competitor for Roku, Apple TV, and Google TV. To top it all off, it runs Linux, and unlike the others, you can download Boxee for your Linux computer.
Will Linux make it into your stocking this year?