Garmin navigation devices run Linux

Garmin is running Linux, as is an increasing array of mobile devices.

LinuxDevices has uncovered an impressive fact about Garmin's Nuvi (8xx and 5xxx series) GPS devices:

They're running Linux.

A quick look at the Nuvi 8xx source code indicates that the devices run a 2.6.17.7 Linux kernel on a Marvell "Monahans" processor, likely either the Marvell PXA-300 or -310. The kernel seems configured to use 64MB of RAM, and to be patched with Steven Rostedt's real-time patches.

The devices are based on GNOME Mobile, and continue to suggest that while Linux may not have won much on the traditional desktop, it may well rule the next generation of web-top and embedded devices.

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