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The Shrinking Future of Linux

Jul 28, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Aron Hsiao, at About.com, looks at the increasing use of Linux in systems of decreasing size. Hsiao surveys embedded Linux OS alternatives, offers a perspective on some interesting new embedded Linux applications, and predicts where Linux will end up in the future. Hsiao writes . . .

“Linux is getting smaller. Not in terms of market share, mind you. Physically smaller. In a trend which marks a departure of sorts from the Unix and large-scale computing roots of Linux, manufacturers of all kinds of small and even tiny devices are embracing Linux as the embedded operating system of choice. It could well be that in the future, rather than using Linux on the desktop, we'll all be using Linux on the palmtop.”

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