Linux usage in everyday life

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Linux usage in everyday life
Linux usage in everyday life

Linux is everywhere. But, how do I know am I using technology that runs on Linux? You might be stunned to learn just how often you use Linux in your daily everyday life.

Linux usage in everyday life

You can use Linux as a server operating system or as a stand alone operating system on your PC. As a server operating system it provides different services/network resources to a client. A server operating system must be:

  • Stable
  • Robust
  • Secure
  • High performance
  • Multi user/multitasking operating systems

Linux offers all of the above characteristics plus it is free and open source.

Examples

It is an excellent operating system for:

  • Desktop computer
  • Laptop computer
  • Web server
  • Mail server
  • File sever
  • Print server
  • Software development workstation
  • Network monitoring workstation
  • Deployment workstation
  • Workgroup server
  • Killer network services such as DHCP, Firewall, Router, FTP, SSH, Mail, Proxy, Proxy Cache server etc.

What technology uses Linux?

We all love our gadgets and today's technological marvels. However, if you use any one of the following, then the odds are high that it is running on Linux kernel or distro:

  • Home and office WiFi routers
  • Mobile phones (especially Android phones)
  • Smart TV
  • Smart home appliances such as microwave or water purifier machines
  • eReaders such as Kindle
  • Digital video recorder (DVR) such as TiVo
  • Smartwatches powered by Android
  • Digital camera powered by Android
  • Home and office printers
  • Lightweight laptop with Chrome OS

Prominent Linux users

  • The Linux operating system runs all top 500 of the world's fastest supercomputers.[1]
  • NASA uses Linux.[2]
  • Linux is the only operating system that runs on Mars, thanks to NASA's Perseverance Rover.[3]
  • Automotive Grade Linux puts Linux in various cars made by Mercedes Benz, Subaru, Toyota and others[4]
  • Both CERN and Fermilab use Linux in all their work.[5]
  • eCommerce giant Amazon, uses Linux "in nearly every corner of its business".[6]
  • Search giant Google uses a version of Ubuntu and Debian internally.[7]

References

  1. [1] Linux runs all of the world's fastest Supercomputers
  2. [2] The hardware and software used in space
  3. [3] Linux has made it to Mars
  4. .[4] The all-new 2019 Mazda 3 punches far above its weight for under $30,000
  5. [5] LHC Computing Grid
  6. [6] Amazon details Linux usage
  7. [7] Google Working on desktop Linux

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