Open source isn't just a license or a coding methodology, to many it's a religion. And the central prayer of that religion is an ode to Linux. In the spirit of such love, Linux has begun to sprout up everywhere. Here's a compilation of some of the more surprising places you'll find this beloved operating system.
A cuppa Linux in the morning
This commercial coffee maker was on display at Embedded World in Nurmberg, Germany. It runs on Linux and was built with the Qt framework. It's not available for consumers, but a few years ago a Linux lover published instructions for building your own Linux coffee pot. We say cheers to Penguin-inspired Java.
Linux milks the cow
Farm equipment manufacturer DeLaval makes a robotic milking machine that not only runs on Linux (and Windows), but lets the farmer operate it via a wireless, remote control. Now that's what we call milking a free OS.
Linux is watching you
Linux is the choice for the Zone Minder home video camera surveillance system. ZoneMinder is an integrated set of applications for surveillance, capture, recording of any CCTV or security camera attached to a Linux-based machine. There is no limit to the number of cameras the app can support, beyond what your Linux machine can handle.
Linux delivers, or at least, sorts
Linux has gone postal. For the past decade, the US Postal Service has relied on a mail sorting system that uses LinuxOS at its heart. And if you really want to show the Linux love, you can also decorate your mail by using custom Linux-themed stamps from Zazzle.com.
Stop, in the name of Linux
Next time you're stopped at a red light take a moment to think geek ... or rather Peek. Peek Traffic makes a series of Linux-based traffic lights that keeps traffic flowing in places like Iowa, New York and on the 101 in L.A.
Invasion of the Linux bots
A developer's best friend
Can you think of anything more warm or fuzzy than a Linux doggie T-shirt? We couldn't either. Aw, that's cute.