From Clouds to Cars to Kitchens, Linux Making an Impact Everywhere

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-07-28 Print this article Print

There's no operating system more ubiquitous than Linux. It's everywhere. It's even running in devices and computers you may not suspect—our cars, our cell phones, even our refrigerators. Linux supports businesses and organizations everywhere, and because it underpins open-source innovation, it is the platform of choice for new applications. Companies such as IBM and their work with organizations like the OpenPOWER Foundation are creating such new innovations as Big Blue's new scale-out servers running Linux and putting them in places all around us. In fact, eWEEK recently ran a slide show depicting how prevalent the operating system is in the supercomputing space. Linux has quickly become the operating system of choice in the high performance computing (HPC) market, growing from relative obscurity 15 years ago to powering 97 percent of the fastest computers in the world. But its appeal is found in more than cost or choice. This list, compiled with assistance from IBM, provides some examples of where Linux is making an impact.

  • From Clouds to Cars to Kitchens, Linux Making an Impact Everywhere

    by Darryl K. Taft
    1 - From Clouds to Cars to Kitchens, Linux Making an Impact Everywhere
  • Linux in the Car

    As infotainment systems become must-haves, Linux-based platforms are making their way into our cars, with GM's Cadillac, as well as Tesla and Toyota, already rolling them out on a limited number of models. IBM has partnered with companies such as Toyota and Continental to build open-source platforms that provide developers with application development tools to create a truly connected experience.
    2 - Linux in the Car
  • Linux in Your Kitchen

    Billed as the "home entertainer's ultimate refrigerator," the new Samsung T9000 LCD Four-Door Refrigerator runs the Linux operating system and features a built-in, 10-inch LCD touch-screen display. The new appliance supports a range of applications, including calendar and weather apps, along with cloud-based note-taking app Evernote, enabling consumers to "share photos, videos, and even recipes with family and friends."
    3 - Linux in Your Kitchen
  • Linux Runs the World's Most Powerful Computers

    In the June 2014 Top 500 supercomputer list, the top open-source operating system set a new record with 485 systems out of the fastest 500 running Linux. That means that Linux is inside 97 percent of the Top 500 supercomputers.
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  • Calling on Linux for Your Phone

    According to ABI Research, Android phones that run Linux account for just under 50 percent of the mobile market. Meanwhile, this fall, Linux die-hards are eagerly anticipating the arrival of a new Linux-based phone, as Canonical is expected to roll out its Ubuntu Touch-powered tablets and smartphones.  Samsung is also expected to soon unveil a phone running on the Linux-based Tizen system.
    5 - Calling on Linux for Your Phone
  • Linux Powers the Cloud

    Linux provides the innovation platform for the exponential growth of new open-source projects. According to a survey of OpenStack users conducted by the OpenStack user committee in April 2014, Linux underpins more than 90 percent of OpenStack deployments. OpenStack Compute (Nova) and OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) are two examples of OpenStack deployments running on Linux platforms.
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  • Linux Drives Big Data and Analytics

    Big data presents an enormous opportunity to make organizations more agile, efficient and competitive. To capture that opportunity, organizations require a modern information management architecture, and technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL databases, which primarily run on Linux, offer faster analyses and insight into information than x86.
    7 - Linux Drives Big Data and Analytics
  • Linux for Real-Time Sports Analytics

    All four grand slam tennis tournaments—the U.S. Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open—utilize Linux running on IBM infrastructure to support their events, allowing them to deliver real-time information from analytics, cloud computing, mobile devices and social media—instantaneously—to millions of online fans and broadcasters around the world.
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  • Linux Helps Power the Holiday Shopping Season

    U.S. department store Bon-Ton was able to support 2.5 times more holiday season online orders as compared with its x86 environment after implementing Power Systems running Linux. The new Linux-based systems also helped to control costs, boost capacity and improve efficiency.
    9 - Linux Helps Power the Holiday Shopping Season
  • Linux Powers a New Generation of Computing

    IBM Watson is a commercially available cognitive computing system—a system capable of continually learning and refining itself through human/computer interaction. Watson advances natural language processing through innovations in deep question and answer technology. The power behind Watson lies in software running Linux on IBM Power Systems. IBM has put Watson to work helping companies develop new applications powered by cognitive computing, including partnerships with companies in retail, health care, financial services and education.
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