Linux Is Everywhere – 12 Awesome Devices Powered By Linux

By | 16/05/2013

Besides well known devices like Google’s Android, Amazon’s Kindle etc, Linux is powering some of the most amazing devices around the globe and in the sky.

Have a look at these 12 awesome devices that are powered by Linux.


1. Linux Powered Rifle

Developed by an Austin based start-up (TrackingPoint), it is a Linux powered Rifle that boasts of auto-aim feature. This rifle is worth about $17000. Read more about it here.

2. Linux Powered MotorBike

Priced at around $41000, TTX02 from Maziven is not like any other Motor Bike. This beast comes along with Linux OS, USB based system bus, WiFi connectivity and a web server.  Read more about it here.

3. Large Hadron Collider

Considered as one of the greatest engineering milestones of mankind, LHC is world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. It was build by European Organization for Nuclear research to prove theories of particle physics, high energy physics and particularly to test the existence of Higgs Boson. Read more about it here.

4. Linux Powered Smart Fridge

With Linux at it’s display heart, make way for Smart Refrigerators. Now, get to know complete inventory of your fridge, get warned if any item is nearing it’s expiry, see the stock that is nearing it’s limit and even get recipe suggestions — all of this and more, right at the face of your fridge. Read more about it here.

5. Linux Powered Smart Alarm Clock

Priced at $199, Chumby one is a Linux powered alarm clock that provides features like online news, music, video etc. through the built-in WiFi. Read more about it here.

6. Linux Powered GPS Device

GPS devices from the Dutch company Tom Tom use Linux OS for their Navigation products. Read more about it here.

7. Linux Powered Autonomous Vehicles

Linux makes it’s way into self driven cars. Learn more about it at ‘Embedded Linux Conference 2013 – KEYNOTE Google’s Self Driving Cars‘.

8. Linux Powered Home Entertainment

A DVR (Digital Video Recorder), developed and marketed by TiVo is a Linux Based home entertainment product. Read more about it here.

9. Linux Powered System For Milking Cows

Linux sits at the heart of systems or devices used for milking cows.  From Linux Weekly News – “A 122-year-old dairy equipment company has used embedded Linux in a robotic cow-milking system (the system is robotic, not the cows). The Voluntary Milking System (VMS) allows cows to decide when to be milked, and gives dairy farmers a more independent lifestyle, free from regular milkings, the company says.”

10. Linux Powered Nuclear Submarines

In 2004, Lockheed Martin delivered a High Performance Computing Solution comprising of Red Hat Linux to US navy for their nuclear submarines. Read more about it here.

11. Linux Powered New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) runs it’s trading systems on Red Hat Linux. Read more about it here.

12. International Space Station (ISS)

After conquering earth, Linux heads towards space. All the laptops (running Windows XP) International space station were replaced by Linux. Read More about it here.

11 thoughts on “Linux Is Everywhere – 12 Awesome Devices Powered By Linux

  1. Nick

    It is clear.

    Those that choose. Choose linux. Those that don’t? don’t know they have choices and just accept what is delivered.

  2. Gotit

    Only wish you would have used a photo of a US sub vs a Russian sub. Then again they likely use linux too!

  3. P Bhat

    If you included NYSE, you could also include London Stock exchange. the story of LSE migration to Linux is particularly noteworthy as Accenture backed by Microsoft could not give London stock Exchange 125 ms transactional time ( If I remember the figure correctly ). Then London exchange chose a Sriankan firm which it purchased later to gove a Linux based solution. Last time I heard, London Exchange was contemplating to sell the platform to other big Exchange houses in Europe.

  4. mikebartnz

    While TomTom might be powered by Linux you need a Windows box to update it etc. That made me a little disappointed in them.

  5. Jash

    A couple of days ago I was flying QANTAS and the media touch screens installed behind the headrests locked up. The crew rebooted the system and and familiar code scrolled by on the screens. I noticed it was running Redhat Linux.

  6. Onan the Barbarian

    “Linux Powered System For Milking Cows”

    That’s not a cow. That’s a gnu ;-)

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