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[News] Free Software Already Everywhere, Even for Windows and Mac Users

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Life Without Free Software: Not Possible 

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| Even the harshest critics of the open-source movement would have a hard time, 
| I suspect, extricating free software from their lives.  Below is a short list 
| of the most popular open-source software that Microsoft and Apple fanboys 
| take for granted, but without which their world would fall apart.   


Visually Challenged Show the power of Free Software.  



Linux is truly everywhere

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| I spent a long time smiling about the Linux bootup screen that I had just 
| seen. To begin with, it reminded me that Linux, and other open-source 
| products, are now everywhere. Linux is no longer for the uber-geeks. It's not 
| just for system administrators and programmers, either. Linux is now at the 
| core of mainstream appliances, there even when you don't think that a 
| computer or operating system might be involved.     
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| Finally, Moore's Law and the general trend toward cheaper and faster hardware 
| means that Linux now fits into even more places than it did before. We 
| normally think of Linux as an operating system for servers, or even for 
| desktop computers. But we can expect Linux to be at the heart of a growing 
| number of appliances, from video-on-demand devices to digital video recorders 
| (e.g., TiVo), to cellphones (e.g., Android and OpenMoko). The Linux-powered 
| refrigerator, with a built-in bar-code scanner that can tell you how long ago 
| you bought milk, isn't far behind.       


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| Around 98% of the world's CPUs manufactured are used in embedded systems.


Four billion embedded systems shipped in '06


PCs being pushed aside in Japan

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| The PC's role in Japanese homes is diminishing, as its once-awesome monopoly 
| on processing power is encroached by gadgets such as smart phones that act 
| like pocket-size computers, advanced Internet-connected game consoles, 
| digital video recorders with terabytes of memory.   


Linux to grow 278% in embedded/mobile/real-time apps

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| Linux use in "next" embedded, mobile, and real-time projects will grow 278 
| percent over that in "previous" projects, suggests a recent survey by Venture 
| Development Corp. (VDC).   

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